She is Quin Candy Shoppe owner and all around magician, Jami Curl. You may know her from pervious endeavors as well (i.e St. Cupcake). Her work ethic and attitude are contagious. She is now a candy maker. Isn’t there something just so magical about making candy? Very Willy Wonka + Peter Pan-esque. Her candy is stunning. They are made from local unique flavors. They are a testament to wonderful bounty of the Pacific NW. Something about her creativity and her point of view draws people in, and her artisan craft keeps them coming back. Lately, she has been getting some amazing accolades, Fast Company named her one of the Top 100 Most Creative People in Business. I am constantly blown away by her innovation and passion for life. But, enough of my rambling- Stay tuned after this interview to enter to win some Quin Candy! Let’s get into the interview.
state of Ohio. After a few jobs in marketing and a stint as a Hungarian school
teacher, I opened a bakery. I worked 6 or 7 days a week nearly every week for
over 8 years – taking exactly 3 vacations plus one 2 week maternity leave
during that time. I loved the work – recipe creation and business
growth/development are my favorite parts of what I do – but my dedication (and
refusal to turn operations of my bakery over to a general manager) made my
personal life very difficult – no time to do anything, and I had a little boy
at home that I was missing so much. Along the way I dabbled in candy – playing
with sugar and working to develop recipes – and decided to create a line of
candies so that I could start a company. Once that company got going I had some
tough decisions to make and I ended up letting go of the bakery.
made for me. Yes, it scared the shit out of me, and there were hundreds of
uncertainties – but taking the steps to improve my life in such a huge way was
one of the most empowering things I’ve done, ever.
sorts that makes up the kind of person I look up to.
I like people who live the exact story they tell about themselves. Meaning, if
you present yourself one way online or in print or in your business, I would
hope that you are close to that exact same person in real life. People who are
confident in who they are – regardless of where they are in their journey in
life – are a big deal to me. Not buying into what the biggest thing going is-
and instead following a path only defined by true authenticity and intention –
THAT is the kind of person I want to model myself after.
the future are you going?
of American candy making. If I could go back there to see how it all started, I
would love it.
time I just do more work. But my “work” includes things like playing
around with recipes or visiting stores I’d like to see my candy in – reading
cookbooks and books about business development. BUT when I’m truly taking time
for just me I usually head to spin class.
wouldn’t continue to suffer.
passed away when I was in my 20’s. The series of books that my little boy Theo has been
to drink pricey champagne.
Business 2014. Mind blown. (Find the link here– SO FREAKING COOL)
leftover pizza, carrots and a bunch of Marshall’s Haute Sauce and Three Little
who is your first alternate guest?
Clinton, Bill Clinton, Jeni Britton Bauer and as an alternate: Mr. Darcy.
single day if given the opportunity – is this potato bread at Bar Tartine in
San Francisco. Also, I love oysters of all kinds. Especially with champagne.
If you want to follow along and find out more about Jami you can! Her instagram is especially entertaining. I love following along with her adventures. Theo (her son) might be one of the best characters ever.
Now it’s your chance to win some Quin Candy!!! I am giving away four bags of Quin Candy…you need this in your life. Pronto.
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