Andrea Lacy thinks some challenges are blessings in disguise. Situation in point: Her brownie recipe.
Through her first semester at San Jose Condition University, she was baking a thank-you reward for a pal and found that the dough was thicker than standard. She baked the batch anyway, and they were being a large strike. But when she revisited the brownie recipe later, just after she was identified with dyslexia, she understood she experienced transposed some numbers.
A couple of decades later, in 1996, although working at Hewlett-Packard, Andrea launched her Luv’s Brownies — the very first online-only bakery, she suggests. Thanks to that recipe and her Search engine optimisation techniques, the venture was an rapid mail get/delivery and catering good results. In the yrs considering that she was 1st featured in this newspaper, she’s been penned up in Ebony, Essence, Black Organization, Today’s Black Woman and Every single Day with Rachael Ray magazines and garnered awards for each her baking and her resilience in the facial area of dyslexia.
With the active Valentine’s Working day holiday getaway approaching, we talked with Andrea (pronounced Aundrea) about the wheels she bought for the bakery’s 25th anniversary, her new line of sweet treats and how she’s encouraging youthful people defeat their personalized issues.
Q: How did you manage your dyslexia and grow to be a prosperous entrepreneur?
A: Dyslexia doesn’t gradual me down. SJSU gave me the applications to be productive. They furnished steering on how to arrange myself. About the many years, I have designed a toolbox of tactics, acquired to make lodging.
Q: Whose kitchen know-how influenced you?
A: My father was an remarkable prepare dinner. He was a magician, and we hardly ever had the exact same food twice. He taught me the worth of cooking and freezing. I’m frugal very little ever goes to waste.
Q: Do you still use that transposed recipe? And what excellent high quality did it give to your brownies?
A: Certainly. It is double the chocolate, and consumers can convey to. Our brownies are finest served warm. The ones off the truck are served heat at household, 5 to 10 seconds in the microwave.
Q: Why the coronary heart shape as a substitute of a regular square?
A: I named my organization soon after my childhood doll. Her name is LUV. I nonetheless have her.
Q: You hand out Grit Award scholarships. Who are they supposed to honor and assist?
A: The Grit Award is for students who have proven tenacity in overcoming difficulties and who now would like to construct on their achievements by pursuing greater education or vocational schooling.
Candidates need to have a observe record of neighborhood company as effectively as shown fiscal want. The scholarship may well be utilized for a 4-year college, junior college or university or vocational university.
A portion of every Luv’s Brownies order goes towards the Grit Award. The scholarship basis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Q: Why, at yr 25, did you make your mind up to obtain a new established of wheels?
A: I was not sure how to roll out my item choices. So I interviewed two food truck brands. Just one firm located a utilized, gutted truck. That is when I knew I was on the proper path. I saved and scraped jointly the revenue for generation and the Luv’s Brownies “wrap.” Before my eyes, I experienced a new menu and a new line of enterprise.
Q: What goodies are you providing from the dessert truck?
A: We’re serving fresh-baked brownies as Luv Bites, Luv Pops on a adhere, ice cream sandwiches, brownie cones and house-manufactured waffle cone sundaes with brownies and household-built caramel. And Cafe Cubano coffee drinks (my delivery mother is Cuban) and Coffee Caliente with heart-formed marshmallows.
Q: What other brownie flavors or specialties do you supply for shipping or mail order?
A: On the FAQ on our web-site we record 14 flavors, which includes coconut-caramel, peanut butter, rocky road, s’mores, sugar-no cost and gluten-absolutely free.
Q: Who are some of your largest consumers?
A: I have been blessed to market brownies at the San Jose Giants baseball stadium for 10 seasons.
Q: What’s the craziest purchase you’ve at any time obtained?
A: Gentlemen used to give me particular goods to place in the gift basket with the brownies. I’ll allow your creativeness just take it from there!
Facts: Luv’s Brownies may be purchased on line at www.luvsbrownies.com or from the dessert truck, which is parked at two of the West Coastline Farmers Market place Association markets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Rose Backyard market, 577 Dana St., and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Cupertino market’s new area, Cupertino Memorial Park, Senior Heart parking great deal, 21121 Stevens Creek Blvd. The truck is also accessible for events.