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What do you like best about working as a husband and wife team? We always listen to each other’s thoughts and ideas. Other people would probably have given up ages ago but we have spent many evenings talking long into the night through every detail of our plan of action. We support and respect each other which is the most important part of this business.


Have there been any surprises for you along the way? We are always surprised to see how many people love our creations and this has been confirmed by our Etsy shop. With a range of under 20 products and having only been on Etsy for 8 months, 1500 people have already favourited our shop!! I think that's shocking!


Running your own business can be all-consuming – how do you balance your home and work lives? I could tell you some stories but


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the reality is that it's difficult for everyone. As David has a fulltime job and I'm a fulltime mum to 3 and 1 year old boys, our lives spin round and round and never ever stop. We enjoy every minute of it though.


How do you get the word out about your business? Our main source is Etsy. It's been the best and most effective way to let people know we are here.


What are your goals for the future? Well the big dream is to open a dessert bar in Edinburgh with a live show, where David would make desserts in front of the customer who could change anything during the process. It would be a late night bar – perfect as a post-theatre treat or for people who just want dessert and a drink.


What has been the biggest learning point for you so far? Oh, we've learned so much but the biggest learning point is that we have to stick together whatever gets


in our way - together we can achieve anything.


For more information visit: www.vanillastick.com www.vanillastick.etsy.com


To see David’s steady hands in action, check out: www.vanillastick.com/how-its- made/


Images courtesy of Vanilla Stick


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