As Lola’s Sugar Rush enters its third year in business, (Yep! 3-years!) I can’t help but reflect on all the fabulous female entrepreneurs, bloggers, print journalists, and magazine editors who have helped launch and propel this sweet business of mine to heights I had only dreamed of as a young girl.
I’ve always cherished all of the girlfriends in my life, starting with my mom and my daughter who have always encouraged and bolstered me along my life’s path, as well as my darling niece and soon-to-be daughter-in-law who pitch in to help at a moment’s notice. To this day, I still get together with many of my girlfriends I grew up with from grade school. Then there are the fabulous friends I’ve known for nearly two decades, who have helped me realize my childhood dream of opening this nostalgic candy shop and without whom, I could not possibly run this business.
I never take my dear friends for granted and our devotion to each other has always been part of the fabric of my life. What I did not expect were the networks of women who seemingly came from nowhere to support me in this endeavor.
It all started with a former Rocky Mountain News Fashion Editor, Leslie Kennedy who decided to start her own blogging business after the Rocky folded. Leslie reached out to me only months after opening Lola’s Sugar Rush and asked to do a profile on us for her very first edition of Denver á la Mode, which today has grown into an excellent blog everyone should have bookmarked as one of their favorites.
Through the inexplicable power of Twitter and Facebook, I’ve made connections with even more brilliant female entrepreneurs from around the country such as:
- Lynn Steinberg of GoodiesForGifts.com. If you love to send friends and family gourmet specialty gifts of any kind, GoodiesForGifts.com is definitely a delicious site to bookmark.
- Michelle Riles, creator of TheSweetestTemptations.com is another Twitter friend. Her site offers fun confections, recipes for cocktails, desserts and all things yummy around.
- I’d be remise not to mention the women of SugarLoco.com who highlights decadent desserts from around the country, as well as Denver’s own, Betsy Martin who blogs in her DenverReign.com about the fabulous female “Reign Makers” from around Denver.
- Last but not least, is Elana Jefferson of the Denver Post whose feature article on Lola’s Sugar Rush perfectly captured the essence of this sweet shop!
I’m sure I’ve missed many others who always have my back. But I wanted to give a big shout out to the sweetest “Sisters” a girl can have. Know that you make life sweet and successful on so many levels and for all of you, I am grateful!