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Buffalo Grove's Candy Bouquet offers alternative to flowers

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  • Carla Solar, owner of Candy Bouquet in Buffalo Grove, offers an alternative to flowers.

    Carla Solar, owner of Candy Bouquet in Buffalo Grove, offers an alternative to flowers.
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An interview with Carla Solar, owner of Candy Bouquet in Buffalo Grove.

Q: Describe your business. What do you do?

A: Candy Bouquet is a delicious alternative to flowers. The purpose of my business is to create floral like arrangements with hard candy and chocolate. I can provide centerpieces for bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, engagement parties, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers, new baby, Christmas and Hanukkah. My bouquets make perfect gifts for congratulatory/good luck themes as well as thank you gifts for family and business clients and referrals and most importantly of all, I like to say that the best reason to send a candy bouquet is for no reason, or just because. I deliver and ship to make gift buying convenient for my clients.

Q: What made you start your business?

A: I started my business because I feel there is a need or a desire to send a gift and with our time being so valuable, I know that sending a candy bouquet is something unique that is never expected. I like to save people the guess work of what to buy, as most of us like candy and what I have lasts a long time.

Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?

A: The only obstacle I see is that by being home based, marketing can be a challenge so I do need to allow time to be out at networking events to show my work and advertise my services.

Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?

A: What I enjoy most about my business is to see the reactions of the people when the receive a bouquet at deliveries. They are so happy to receive something special from their loved one or client.

Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young?

A: When I was younger, I never imagined I would be this creative. My mother studied art and she painted as a hobby so it was she who gave me great insights as to which colors blend best together.

Q: What keeps you up at night?

A: I never let anything keep me up all night, except if I have to finish an order.

Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?

A: If I could give one tip to a rookie business owner, my best advice is-always put your customer first.

-Kim Mikus

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