The Handmade Market Spotlight: The Sweetest Things

 Melanie Brown from The Sweetest Things

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
The short version: I love food and feeding people. It’s my love language. I also love that I get to play with food for a living. I love being able to create something that makes a special day even more better. Since The Handmade Market falls on Cinco de Mayo, we will be adding a few new items to our normal offerings. So far we’re bringing Dulce de Leche cupcakes, Horchata cupcakes, Churro sandwiches, and Polvorones. Come see us to see what else we cook up!

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Word of mouth is an awesome helper to our business. Because food is so personal, and you can’t judge taste by looking at a picture, we depend on good reviews to get new customers.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
This a a totally unfair question! I work with and shop with many of these artists, and I love them all. If I absolutely had to choose I would say say that I am excited to meet the artist(s) behind Calzico, as they are new to me.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I spend a lot of time studying to help me plan for events. It helps if there is a theme- for instance, since The Handmade Market is on May 5th, I’ve been researching Mexican food and art. I’ll also study the history of Cinco de Mayo, because I like to play homage to a culture without being totally offensive. I follow several other bakers- it’s amazing how many different creations you can make with the same few ingredients.

How did you come up with your business name?:
Honestly, I’m not sure. I know the name was in my head for years before I actually went into business. There’s the obvious: we make sweet things, but I do this for my family, and they truly are The Sweetest Things.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
They are the same, because it was such good advice for me. DO NOT undervalue your time or your talents. Price them according to what they are worth. People who feel this cost is too high are not your customers, and that is okay.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
This is the best __________ I’ve ever eaten. This is literally what gets me through the long nights and hours of hands cramped from work.

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