Lake Ridge Patch Article - Taste Of Lake Ridge: In our coverage of local small businesses, we sometimes feature businesses without storefronts. has been on our radar since the home-based snack vendor in May. This Q&A is with Comfort Mix founder and owner Terrie Tinney.
How and when did you get started with Comfort Mix? Our
family loves getting together for any occasion and we are snackers!
About five years ago, I started mixing together different combinations
for everyone to snack on. One of the combinations (M&M peanut) was
an instant sensation. From there I began experimenting and perfecting
the salty/sweet balance, expanding to include all kinds of great
flavors. In August of 2011, I decided to move forward for state approval
of product and packaging then went for the local business license and
home inspection. We were official in September of 2011 and began taking
orders and selling at Smart Markets. We truly launched into the
marketplace just last year.
How did you go about fulfilling all of the legal requirements for having a home business? I
made application with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services Commonwealth of Virginia for product and label approval. The
process also required obtaining a business license in my county
jurisdiction as well as a home inspection with Food Safety and Security
Program Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Our mixes are
also heat-sealed for freshness.
Can people order online or by phone? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-795-9323 or 703-774-8752. Please visit our website at www.comfortmix.com.
Was Taste of Lake Ridge your first big event?
was a huge success and our first scheduled special event. It was great
fun and we are already signed up for next year! We have also participated in
local events and farmers markets.
Where do you see Comfort Mix in five years? Comfort Mix has received such a warm welcome in the marketplace with steady growth and amazing opportunities in front of us we are very excited for the future. Comfort Mix cares and will continue to give back however we can as we grow and expand. Looking forward to serving you soon!
Thank you so much for snacking with Comfort Mix!!!