For years, friends have told Carmel resident Kate Wilson she should sell her homemade truffles and chocolate-covered pretzels.
Since 2008, has made the treats for Christmas gifts or for her three kids’ events. After seeing people pitch similar businesses on shows like “Shark Tank,” friends told Wilson she should do it. But she shrugged it off.
It wasn’t until she threw her back out and experienced extreme pain that Wilson realized it was time to finally, “quit making excuses and just go for it,” she said.
In November 2015, she had back surgery. The pain was so bad that it limited what her ability to perform certain tasks.
“I experienced a pain that I didn’t really know existed in this world,” she said. “Electricity was shooting up my body.”
When she recovered after four months of pain, Wilson knew it was time to pursue her passion. She felt fortunate to get out of bed and didn’t want to take anything for granted.
“I know God didn’t take me this far in my life to leave me debilitated,” she said. “It was the push I needed to finally start my own business.”
In summer 2016, she formed an LLC and created My Pretty Little Pretzel. She remodeled a room in her home to be compliant with the county health department to create her sweets.
Her big break came with a large order from a corporate client. Word of mouth spread, and she began to expand. She hired some seasonal help and added more equipment. She’s already making room for more space.
Her products are sold at Metazoa Brewery, Hotel Tango and Goose The Market. Brides-to-be can also find the products at The Wedding Studio, Mavris Arts and Events Center, The Sanctuary and Balmoral House.
Wilson also is getting ready for a busy holiday season. She said she’s a little nervous because everything is growing so fast, which is a good thing.
“It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s exciting,” she said.