I discovered Honey Plate Co. on Instagram a few months ago. If you’re a fan of charcuterie, then you’ll want to check out this female-owned, San Fernando Valley-based business that makes custom charcuterie boxes in all shapes and sizes.
I remember the first time I tried the Honey Mini Charcuterie Box from Honey Plate Co. My daughter and I shared this box full of yumminess one afternoon last month. The cheeses, fruit, crackers, and meats were so delicious. It was the perfect afternoon snack!
The company was founded in September and I was interested in learning more about how the company’s owner, Kaylee, got started with her business. Please meet the latest Real Mom of the SFV – Kaylee Leming!
How/why did you begin your business?
Kaylee: I’ve wanted to start my own business for years but felt lost and unsure of what I wanted to create. My love for food and also beauty in the little things lead me to making specialty charcuterie boards and starting Honey Plate Co. Being home due to COVID-19 and needing to be home for my son’s schooling, it finally felt like the right time. It just clicked, the perfect storm!
As a working mother, what is one tip or piece of advice that you would give to other female entrepreneurs?
Kaylee: Make time for you and your family so you can be the best version of yourself. It’s easy to get wrapped up in running your business 24/7 but remember what’s most important. Take days off when you’re able to. Work-life balance is so crucial, you absolutely deserve breaks!
What do you like best about having a business in the San Fernando Valley?
Kaylee: The Valley is huge! I love being able to meet so many new people in the area and connect with them. Having my own business here has allowed me to discover several other small businesses that I love to support. Shopping small is a passion of mine and there are so many great companies here in our city!
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be?
Kaylee: I wish I knew the value of self-promotion online. I was so scared to dive in and post my product, I put it off for weeks. I had a hang up about what people would think – if they’d like my creations or if they would even sell. I’m so glad I eventually pushed myself to advertise, network, and overcome that fear. It’s important to believe in yourself. I know now that promoting yourself and your ideas are vital to being successful in this digital world!
I think it’s awesome that Kaylee was able to channel her passion for food into a business during the pandemic. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to pull something like this off. I’m glad that she was able to overcome her hesitation with social media and embrace it wholeheartedly.
Kaylee will customize your charcuterie board and even makes vegetarian boxes! There truly is something for everyone. If you’d like more information on Honey Plate Co., check out her Instagram account. For questions and pricing info, direct message Kaylee through Instagram.
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