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Community Highlights: Meet Brittany Gilford of Pudding N Pillows

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Gilford.

Hi Brittany, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started Pudding N Pillows while being a stay at home mom and a coach’s wife. Let me just say that being a stay at home mom is not for everyone. I tried my best to stay busy I even picked up a few different hobbies one of which was sewing. My grandmother was a seamstress so it’s in my blood. I started out making and selling pillows on Etsy every now and then. After a while, I was probably my best customer because I absolutely love home decor.

One day my mother was in town visiting because my husband and I had just gotten back from NY while she watched our kids. I was telling her about the trip and how good the food was and that we tried some delicious Banana Pudding that had 5-star reviews. I told my mom it reminded me of my grandma’s days in the kitchen the aroma of the desserts would give me a feeling of comfort. At that moment I said, “you know what I should make grandma’s Banana Pudding and sell it out here, I’d make a killing”. My mom agrees that it would be a great idea and asks me what I would call it? I didn’t know what I wanted to call it; I just knew I wanted to sell it. She started shouting out names and said, “well you make pudding and you make pillows so why not call it Pudding N Pillows!!” And that’s how Pudding N Pillows was born. I made pudding for my neighbors, friends and my son’s school events.

The feedback was great and I even started to receive orders. That next week I registered with the state and got all the required paperwork to start selling my dessert. I started doing the local Farmers Markets and small festivals, I even became a Vendor at the school where my husband coached. I was beyond excited and I finally started to feel that fulfillment I was looking for. After several months sales started to die down, Farmers Markets were closing down for the winter, the school reneged on our contract and would no longer allow me to sell, stating that it was a conflict of interest because my husband was an employee. I was really bummed but I wasn’t willing to give up just yet. I had another idea, instead I would move my business to Los Angeles. I am a native and that is where most of my family resides. I figured the demand for such a yummy dessert had to be greater with that large of a population. I immediately called my mother and asked her if she would be willing to make pudding for a couple of months until I could figure out the rest. She agreed so I started to google and scour the city for popular eateries.

One of my good friends offered to help by going around to local restaurants and handing out samples and price sheets for the managers. The response was great of course not everyone was interested but we were able to snag a few spots in some high traffic restaurants. Business was doing well; we made our way into a few more restaurants and our current restaurants were increasing their weekly purchases. What’s that saying, “all good things must come to an end”. I pretty much knew that my mom wouldn’t be able to help me out long term due to her back issues. I had to figure out what my next move was going to be. I sat down with my husband and told him I needed to be in LA to continue running my business, after all I could be the next million-dollar dessert company, right?! My husband told me to go for it! And I did! I packed up my two children and we moved to Los Angeles temporarily to get my business off the ground. And here I am today running a mobile Boutique dessert company all while trying to manage a separate household, motherhood, and businesswoman.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
One of the things I’ve continued to struggle with is learning how to balance my business and my personal life. When I made the decision to move to California, I didn’t think about how it might affect my family. It’s a full-time job to run a small business and an even fuller time job being a mom. I have learned that you can’t balance two things that aren’t equal in the first place. Instead, I try to set a schedule for myself and stick to it. I hope one day my children can appreciate my hard work and learn that it takes dedication and focus to be successful at anything they do. Have I wanted to quit? Yes, many times! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sent out text messages to my family and friends telling them I’m quitting! Somehow, I wake to a new day and my brain is filled with new fresh ideas about my business and I’m excited all over again. It’s a hard road and you will definitely hit some bumps and turns but stay the course. If you want to be successful, you have to fall in love with the process that it takes you to get there. I’m still learning that every day!

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
We sell our product on our website, out of Mikes Deli Slauson and Downtown Location, Just Turkey and The Wood Urban Kitchen.

Pricing:

  • 6.00 for 8oz cup

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