We had the good fortune of connecting with Marsha Strang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marsha, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I believe Oprah said it best -“Find a way to get paid for doing what you love.Then every paycheck will be a bonus.”” I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed baking. When I was laid off from my joy 10 yers ago, it was a blessing in disguise. With my loving husband comfortably supporting us, I had time to hone in on one of my favorite hobbies- baking ! One day I said to myself, “Why not put your tasty treats out there and see if anyone wants to buy it? ” Sure enough,people we interested and the rest is history!
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart from other businesses is that the treats I bake are homemade from scratch, delicious, mouth-watering desserts. The taste and smell of my mouth-watering desserts remind you of the comfort and love you feel being in your grandmas kitchen. A fact that I am very proud of is most of my recipes were passed down from my grandmother to my mom and then to me. Since I was a little girl, I have always stayed in the kitchen watching and learning. I am excited that I get a chance to let other people taste what has been passed down for generations in my family. I am also excited for what God has in store for my business. The road to this journey has not been easy at all; there have been times that I have wanted to quit but I couldn’t because I know that this is what God has called me to do. This is my ministry! Food makes me happy and I just love to sweeten up other people’s days as well.
I’d like to give a little insight into how and why I decided to invest full time into my business. From the start, I was working a 9-5 and my now full-time business was just my side hustle. I had been praying and praying as I always do and God had told me to leave my 9-5 and do this business full time but of course I was scared of the unknown. I was used to that secure check and I didn’t want to leap out on faith; basically, fear got the best of me. After mustering up enough courage, I put in my two weeks notice but to my amusement, I was offered more money to stay! So I stayed, being disobedient to what I was instructed to do. One day, God got sick of me and took matters into his own hands. My manager sat us all down and informed us that they decided to shut the whole department down. I was laid off from my 9-5 and I made the decision that this was the time to jump out on faith with my husbands support and the rest is history. Exquisite Delights by Marsha has become known for it’s name. It hasn’t been easy, there were days and weeks I made no money at all but I would stay with it and not give up even when I wanted to. There were times I felt discouraged but I kept pressing my way through. I am excited every time they choose me over so many others that they could choose from. I still face some challenges but I strive to always be better and do better. Along the way, I have learned there is always room for improvement and hard work pays off in the long run. Knowing that the first impression is everything, I strive to wow you on the first interaction that we have. My goal is to leave you wanting more of what I have to offer. My desserts aren’t just pretty – they taste as good as they look! I want my clients to know that I am working to please you and I am grateful for every opportunity that is given to me to sweeten someone else’s day. If you are looking for down home country southern hospitality, entrust me to bring your delectable vision to fruition!
I take great pride in my work and strive to give my customers what they ask for. From the start of my business until now, I’ve learned to stay humble and trust in myself. God has brought me this far and I’m a firm believer that he has so much more in store for me. I appreciate all the support I’ve received and look forward to seeing where my talent can take me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would have to recommend having a night on the town at the House of Blues! On the night of my bridal shower, my lovely bridesmaids took me to the House of Blues for an amazing dinner. The scenery in this place is EVERYTHING, so beautiful with detailed, intricate decorations. On the night that I went there wasn’t a musician playing live but they always have popular and local artists performing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without a doubt, I have to shoutout my wonderful mother. Donna Norman, My mom is my best friend and inspiration. She is the one who taught me everything I know about cooking and to this day I call and ask for her advise on some of my recipes. She sells delicious cakes and pies under her business Manor from Heaven in Mt. Pleasant Texas.