Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Thi.
Karen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always loved baking but didn’t really think of it as my main career goal. But with Etsy, I was able to make it a side business of mine. I didn’t become serious about it until a few years ago, but it has been a great part of my life. I started to expand more locally and have been able to work with and make cookies for well-known companies such as FX, Turner Network, SanDisk, Jack in the Box, and Halo Top. My friends and family have been very supportive and have given me a lot of business as well. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The baking business is definitely a struggle. You are always trying to create new designs and set yourself apart from other cookie artists. And because baking is a science, not everything goes right on the first try. It is always discouraging when you mess something up or something goes wrong when you’re shipping an order. Also, custom cookies and cakes have become really popular, so there is a lot of competition. But like any business, it takes time and a lot of hard work to make a name for yourself. As long as you’re dedicated and consistent (and your baked goods are delicious), you can make it.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bakersmann Cookies – what should we know?
I run a cookie business from my home kitchen. I specialize not only in cookies, but meringue kisses, cakes, and even gummy bears. My meringue kisses are very popular as they are more affordable, but people also love my decorated cookies as I put a lot of detail into them. I’m most proud of my quality of work and my customer service. I really take time with my craft and will scrap anything that I don’t feel makes the cut.
In terms of what sets me apart, I can’t really say. There are so many talented bakers out there that inspire me. I think we inspire each other and provide great products to our clients.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
Sweet Ambs was the first cookie artist I ever discovered. She is the person who inspired me to start my cookies business. I think she really set the path for a lot of cookie artists today. All my close female friends inspire me as well. We all work, have our side hustles, and know what it’s like to really grind. It is amazing to have such hard working women in my life to remind me that I am capable of doing anything I set my mind on.
- My cookies start at $45 per dozen.
- My cakes start at $55 for a 6″ cake.
- Meringue Kisses start at $16 per order.
- Website: https://etsy.me/2mUUbWi
- Phone: 4084609254
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @bakersmanncookies