Former executive assistant Heather Kelly discovered the artisan life by accident. After her sister began selling hair ribbons on Etsy, “I was intrigued,” she says. Not long after, the suburban Chicago native, who enjoys cooking, began experimenting with custom edibles—including the lollipops that are now the basis of her business. As her shop grows, the most exciting thing, says Heather, who now manages 30 employees, is being noticed by the “big names” like Martha Stewart and CNET. It means “what you’re doing is special enough and unique enough to get noticed,” she shares. In the end though, it’s all for her four sons. “I want them to come up seeing me work hard and be rewarded for that,” she says. “I hope that example rubs off on them and they lead productive, hard working lives.”
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