We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Spivey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want the most, what you want the most becomes the sacrifice.”
This is posted by my closet where I go in an out daily. Never have I found something so stunningly true in my life. There is ease in the comfortable, security in the stable, and rest in a work day which respects boundaries. But change is the catalyst for new results. Sometimes it takes stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, putting in the extra hours, pursuing perfection in products, and working until your feet ache and your left staring at something on the floor wondering if you go down, will you return vertical. Those are some of the sacrifices that anyone who has dared to follow a vision for the future, will tell you come along with the pursuit. Time, money, social community, and sleep (especially sleep) become a sacrifice in the quest for “living the dream”. We all answer the question daily, are you willing to sacrifice for yours or will yours become the sacrifice?
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We had several goals in mind when we started Mrs. Claus™ Cookie Company, but the one thing that we strive for is to have a place and products that brings back all the Nostalgic memories that you had as a kid. Not only do we have all of the sweet treats like candy, cookies, cupcakes and more, but we are also a Year Round Christmas store! There are a lot of other cookie places out there, but none are like us.
We started Mrs. Claus™ Cookie Company in 2019 on a whim. I was not happy at my then current place of employment and we dipped our toes into the proverbial water to see what we could do by selling our cookies. Come 2020 and COVID-19 hits, throws a huge wrench in our plans to do a launch early in that year and pushed us to do Farmers Markets. From there we pushed through the hot summers and cold winter. In early 2021 I left my Project Manager position, which was totally scary, and rented spaces at a few Painted Tree Boutiques. God willing, I knew our time would come for our own Brick and Mortar Christmas store and Bakery and in August of 2021 that opportunity presented itself.
We signed the lease in mid August 2021 for our current location and opened our doors for a soft opening Nov. 6 with a Grand Opening Nov. 27th! We did most of the work ourselves renovating the space, but had a ton of help from family and friends. A lot of time, heart and sweat went into pushing through to get where we are and I am so thankful that we persevered!.
Along the way I learned that it takes time to perfect something and that there is a learning curve when you go from a home bakery to a commercial one. Those that love you and want you to succeed will be there for you in their own ways and most importantly it totally helps to have an extremely supportive and talented husband!
I want the world to know that our brand represents Joy. We want to make others happy, and one day we hope to have our Christmas themed Castle so that we will have even more space to spread that Joy. I’d like to think that we are proof that fortune favors the bold and that hard work pays off in the end.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Rosenberg, it’s a quiet small town with rich Historic Downtown area so there is plenty to do in a day or two there. I would do some clothes shopping at Wildblossoms Mercantile, a Boutique that sells clothing and has lots of other vendors inside ranging from home decor to candles.
For lunch or dinner, we would go to Gino’s Italian Joint for THE BEST pizza around all of Houston. It is a family owned Italian restaurant that also serves Italian pastries and other yummy foods.
If we were looking for some antiques we would go to any of the various antique shops in the downtown area.
Outside of Rosenberg, I would take friends to the Museum of Natural Science in Downtown Houston or over to the old Imperial Sugar Factory in Sugar Land.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Success is achieved through hard work and effort (and a little lot of help from our friends). We would like to thank Tristen, Abbie, Kalle, Peggy, and Anna for their continued support and unrecoverable hours. They know the sacrifice, they are all small business owners. Check them out on Instagram: @wildblossoms.mercantile, @tinypawsspallc, @kales.cakes, Select Brownies, and @ginositalianjoint.
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