Sharon's Heavenly Cobblers
Courtesy from Article Featured by California Certified Farmers Markets, Inc
Hello Sharon’s Heavenly Cobblers! How're you doing today?
Doing well today excited about the opportunity to be interviewed by Raw Inspiration.
Tell us a little about you.
I was born in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 3, our family relocated to Los Angeles. I'm the middle daughter of 3 girls. Family members often tell me stories of me standing on a kitchen chair cooking breakfast for my siblings. I also noticed at young age people really enjoyed my cooking and would say "you put so much love in your cooking". So of course, I found myself liking to please people with my cooking. I've been making cobblers for more than 30 years for my family, friends and co-workers.
Tell us about your business.
Our family business was birth as a result of my family members and friends encouraging me by saying "YOU NEED TO SELL THIS COBBLER, IT'S HEAVENLY". I was told this constantly, the cobbler would become the main conversation of any parties and gatherings. In 2013, I received a revelation of how I could sell my cobbler and maintain my job of over 20 years, I shared my revelation with my husband Carl and my son Steven Chris, so off we went with the revelation.We quickly discovered that everyone was correct. I got the same response from strangers that I had been receiving for family and friends for over 30 years.
Have you always lived in California? Would you live anywhere else but here?
Yes, Los Angeles California is our hometown. If opportunity presented itself our favorite destination vacation spot "The Caribbean" would be pretty difficult to resist relocating to. Of course factoring in the opportunity of continuing our business with expectations of expansion and growth.
When did you start your business/why?
We started our business in 2014. After receiving a God given vision and plan of how to proceed with the business, we decided it was time to move forward with the vision and turn it into a reality.
What inspired you to start a business? Have you always wanted to?
Along with the vision and plan, I was inspired to start the business by several gentle nudges when friends and family would comment while eating my peach cobbler. As a family we often discussed starting a business and knew whatever we decided to do, we planned to do as a family. We were just waiting for the right timing and opportunity.
How did you come up with the name Sharon’s Heavenly Cobblers?
Heavenly is the adjective most commonly used to describe our Cobblers. We all agreed, it only seemed fitting to name the business "SHARON'S HEAVENLY COBBLER".
What kind of products do you offer?
We offer a plethora of cobblers in different flavors and sizes, ranging from Peach, Mixed-Berries, Rhubarb, Apple, Peach-Mango, Peach‑Blueberry, Sweet Potato and Pecan Sweet Potato.
What is your most popular product?
The top three most popular products are the Peach Cobbler, Mixed-Berries Cobbler and the Pecan Sweet Potato.
What’s your personal favorite item of your offerings?
Each one of us have a different favorite item. My husband’s favorite is the Pecan Sweet Potato, my son’s favorite is the Mixed‑Berries Cookie Cobbler and Peach and my favorite is the classic Pecan pie.
About how many products are currently on your menu?
We currently have 15 products on the menu. Cobbler/Pies: Peach, Peach-Mango, Peach-Blueberry, Mixed-Berries, Apple, Pear‑Apple, Pecan-Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Pecan, Rhubarb. Puddings: Banana Pudding, Strawberry and Blueberry Pudding, Bread Pudding. Cheesecake: New York Style, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato. Cakes: Red Velvet, Pound Cake. Quiche: Spinach Artichoke with bacon and without bacon.
How long have you been in our Farmers’ Markets and which ones?!
We've been with Raw Inspiration for 7 months since January 2015. We are currently in Calabasas, Miracle Mile and Brentwood.
What do you love the most about our Farmer’s Markets?
We love the professionalism of the staff in the office as well as the market managers. Also each market is set-up in first‑class style (nice and clean).
What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Do you get inspiration from somewhere when creating an item?
Firstly, how my family and I stepped out on faith and seeing how God opens doors for us. Secondly, would be the wonderful customers. Often customers request specific items and flavors. For example, a request for a Rhubarb pie, which was not initially on the menu, has quickly become one of our top sellers.
How long does it take to create an item on your menu? Tell us the process!
When we decide to offer a new item, it typically takes around 2 to 3 weeks to create and perfect a dessert, as far as the process we cannot tell you that - LOL.
What are your can’t-live without essentials when baking?
Butter and Pure Vanilla favoring.
What’s your dream vacation?
My family loves anything with tropical weather and turquoise ocean water.
What’s your workplace like? Does it need to be quite, loud, music playing or anything specific?
Our workspace is different depending on who is working. My son likes to sing and dance to loud music while he's working. My husband likes peace and quiet and I myself like to listen to jazz while working.
Does your family always want you to bring the goodies to family events?
Not only bring goodies, but they actually want to come to our home because they enjoy all my food.
About how many hours do you bake a week?
Approximately 30 hours a week.
If you could start your business over, would you do anything different?
No, we wouldn't change anything, any mistakes or trials that we have come across has made us better entrepreneurs and has made our company stronger.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten along the way in building your business? What advice would you have for others?
The best piece of advice, is actually something my son said. He said we believe that our company is going to be a major success so there's no need to worry about what anyone else is doing. We have to walk our own path. I would give the same advice to anyone else, and always use quality ingredients and offer the best customer service.
Besides your business, what else do you enjoy doing?
Family time, cooking, exercising, traveling, dancing.
What’s next on your bucket list?
I'm taking one day at time.