Andrea Lacy thinks some problems are blessings in disguise. Case in point: Her brownie recipe.
All through her initial semester at San Jose Condition College, she was baking a thank-you gift for a buddy and discovered that the dough was thicker than regular. She baked the batch in any case, and they ended up a huge hit. But when she revisited the brownie recipe afterwards, soon after she was diagnosed with dyslexia, she understood she had transposed some numbers.
A handful of many years later, in 1996, when performing at Hewlett-Packard, Andrea released her Luv’s Brownies — the very first net-only bakery, she says. Thanks to that recipe and her Search engine optimisation expertise, the undertaking was an quick mail order/shipping and delivery and catering results. In the yrs considering the fact that she was 1st featured in this newspaper, she’s been published up in Ebony, Essence, Black Business, Today’s Black Female and Each Working day with Rachael Ray publications and garnered awards for each her baking and her resilience in the confront of dyslexia.
With the chaotic Valentine’s Working day vacation approaching, we talked with Andrea (pronounced Aundrea) about the wheels she purchased for the bakery’s 25th anniversary, her new line of sweet treats and how she’s encouraging younger men and women triumph over their private difficulties.
Q: How did you regulate your dyslexia and turn into a effective entrepreneur?
A: Dyslexia doesn’t sluggish me down. SJSU gave me the resources to be effective. They supplied steering on how to organize myself. More than the several years, I have produced a toolbox of procedures, discovered to make lodging.
Q: Whose kitchen area knowledge inspired you?
A: My father was an exceptional cook. He was a magician, and we hardly ever had the exact same food twice. He taught me the value of cooking and freezing. I’m frugal practically nothing ever goes to squander.
Q: Do you nevertheless use that transposed recipe? And what terrific good quality did it give to your brownies?
A: Certainly. It is double the chocolate, and consumers can inform. Our brownies are greatest served warm. The types off the truck are served warm at residence, 5 to 10 seconds in the microwave.
Q: Why the coronary heart form as an alternative of a traditional square?
A: I named my company after my childhood doll. Her title is LUV. I even now have her.
Q: You hand out Grit Award scholarships. Who are they supposed to honor and support?
A: The Grit Award is for students who have shown tenacity in conquering challenges and who now would like to build on their achievements by pursuing higher instruction or vocational schooling.
Candidates ought to have a track document of group service as properly as shown monetary require. The scholarship could be made use of for a 4-12 months college, junior higher education or vocational university.
A part of just about every Luv’s Brownies order goes towards the Grit Award. The scholarship foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group.
Q: Why, at yr 25, did you determine to buy a new established of wheels?
A: I was not positive how to roll out my product choices. So I interviewed two food items truck suppliers. A person organization discovered a utilized, gutted truck. That is when I realized I was on the suitable route. I saved and scraped with each other the income for production and the Luv’s Brownies “wrap.” Prior to my eyes, I experienced a new menu and a new line of business.
Q: What goodies are you marketing from the dessert truck?
A: We’re serving refreshing-baked brownies as Luv Bites, Luv Pops on a adhere, ice product sandwiches, brownie cones and household-manufactured waffle cone sundaes with brownies and household-manufactured caramel. And Cafe Cubano coffee beverages (my beginning mother is Cuban) and Espresso Caliente with heart-shaped marshmallows.
Q: What other brownie flavors or specialties do you offer you for shipping or mail order?
A: On the FAQ on our site we list 14 flavors, which includes coconut-caramel, peanut butter, rocky highway, s’mores, sugar-cost-free and gluten-absolutely free.
Q: Who are some of your most important consumers?
A: I have been blessed to market brownies at the San Jose Giants baseball stadium for 10 seasons.
Q: What’s the craziest get you’ve ever gained?
A: Gentlemen used to give me unique things to put in the gift basket with the brownies. I’ll permit your creativity choose it from there!
Facts: Luv’s Brownies may be acquired online at www.luvsbrownies.com or from the dessert truck, which is parked at two of the West Coastline Farmers Current market Association marketplaces. Hrs are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Rose Garden current market, 577 Dana St., and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Cupertino market’s new site, Cupertino Memorial Park, Senior Middle parking whole lot, 21121 Stevens Creek Blvd. The truck is also offered for occasions.