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Life & Work with Rebecca MacCallum

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca MacCallum.  

Rebecca, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I lost my job in April of 2020, and because of Covid, like many, I couldn’t find anything. At the very end of the year, just after Christmas, I finally realized I just wasn’t going to find something outside my home, so I decided to look inside. My mama has a great Chocolate Chip cookie recipe, so I baked up a double batch, made a menu of every family goody I had, and hung one with a cookie in a baggie on the doorknobs of about half my neighborhood. The orders I received from that first round kept me so busy I couldn’t get to the rest of the neighborhood for another 5 days! One neighbor, who I had never spoken to before, even paid at menu price for my next round of doorknob advertising. The overwhelmingly positive responses and support I immediately received was so inspiring that I knew this was what I needed to be doing: baking homemade goodies to bring smiles to people’s faces and warmth in their tummies, and Becca Bakes was born! 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
There have definitely been hiccups, but it’s to be expected when you’re starting a business from scratch. I’ve had great supporters along the way, helping with packaging ideas and putting me up to be a vendor at the Orlando Farmers Market for a time. I’ve shifted more to doing just personalized orders and trying out new recipes when customers have requests and it’s very fulfilling to find that new favorite that people love. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
The Chocolate Chip Cookies and Snickerdoodles started it all, but I’ve really loved getting into the bread. My Sourdough starter has been in my family for 4 generations that I can track for sure, and it’s unlike any sourdough we’ve tried from stores. I use it in a Roasted Garlic Sourdough recipe I found, and it’s fast become one of my best sellers. I’m always willing to try new recipes or tweak my current ones. I recently used Mint Fudge chips instead of Chocolate in my mama’s cookie recipe, and it’s my new favorite! 

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
I’m still very much figuring this business out, but all I can say is, if you have a passion for something, go for it. There are others that love it as much as you do and will help along the way. The love I have for my baking shows in the consistency and dedication I have for making happy tummies all around me. 

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