Today, I want to introduce one of the women in my inner circle who is making some history in her own life. She has embraced her entrepreneurial spirit and started her own business “Just Between Friends Gourmet Desserts”. I sent Jackye a list of questions to answer about her journey for this blog post and below is her response.
DOING MY OWN THING – “I Finally See Me”
Just Between Friends Gourmet Desserts
Jacqueline Figg (aka: JRenee)
I am J Renee owner of Just Between Friends Homemade Gourmet Desserts (JBF) where the care that goes into producing our products yields the quality that our clients continually experience.
We specialize in a variety of gourmet desserts which includes, but are not limited to the Cocoa-Mocha Bar, the Brownie Fusion, Hallelujah Cake balls (one variety) and Apricot Nectar and Citron Torte Bars. Of course your all time favorites… the lemony 7-Up Cake, the succulent Italian Cream Cake, and the delectable German Chocolate Cake remain best sellers.
In addition, JBF has put our own spin on things and have introduced a different perspective with our products…JBF Dessert Gifts. Our Dessert Gifts (cake ball trees, cake ball bouquets, cookie bouquets, etc.) are specifically and professionally packaged as “gift giving” ideas and present very well as gifts. These products preserve well and because they are baked fresh for each occasion they are ready to be consumed upon delivery.
I was motivated to birth this business after my mom passed in 2002 because I wanted to keep a part of her with me. When we would travel, one of our favorite things to do was to thumb thru magazines and collect recipes. One of the favorite family recipes is the Mocha Bars which is the recipe that has inspired me to bake and share with others. When I am cutting the bars I feel that she is a part of the process. We always enjoyed the response from people once they tasted them and I still get a “big kick” out of that as well as seeing the expression on faces when the person try to identify the bars with something that they are familiar with. It’s hilarious!
Strictly self-taught and with out any formal education in baking, I have mastered other techniques and developed flavors that have been instrumental in building our dessert menu. Our packaging is impeccable and thus far all of our clients have been satisfied.
There are two things I love most about this business…”I Finally See Me” (i.e., independent of others who I thought I had to have in my life to see the success in me) and, secondly, to see the smile on the faces of everyone once they bite into our products…whatever product they order. I would say to anyone who wants to develop an idea to pray about it first, listen for guidance, develop your passion and be open to change for growth. In this society, remaining the same does not always grow you or your business. However, remaining open not only allows a view from a difference perspective but allows you to glean from other’s knowledge and wisdom. An example of that is when we entertained the idea of shipping our products to another state. When we opened our eyes to the fact that shipping nationally was not an unattainable goal, not only do we now deliver locally but we have national recognition and have shipped our products to eight different states as well as international. That is JBF in a nutshell and we would be please is you would peruse our social media sites and order for your next event.
You can find us at: www.justbfriends1.com and/or www.Facebook.com/JustBetweenFriendsGourmetDesserts.
Let us “WOW” you with our exhilarating desserts!