Botanibites is a small woman-owned business in Waverly, Ohio. Owner, Sasha, provides tasty, guilt free snacks that also add value and purpose to your mind, body and soul. We interviewed Sasha to learn more about her small business and her mission. Meet Botani Bites at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3, 2018!
Tell us about your local business.
The business is Botanibites LLC, herbal treats made with function and purpose in each bite. Right now Botanibites features mini muffins in unique, herb infused flavors. Each recipe is organic, paleo friendly, and made with coconut based ingredients like coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut milk and eggs. It started in March 2017 when I discovered the paleo recipe through trial and error and merged my passions of health, wellness, and herbal medicine. People raved about the flavor, consistency and effects so much that I decided to launch it. My mission is to educate others about eating a whole food based diet free of processed ingredients, high sugar, grains and common allergens, while providing a deeper purpose through incorporating herbal tinctures and powders. I eventually hope to expand to other goodies like nut butter cups, cookies, and others that fall under the Botanibites guidelines/basics of being paleo, organic, and herbal.
What drew you to your craft?
Kitchen experiments that started after wanting to create a healthy dessert that suited my dietary restrictions but also made me feel better and more purposeful. I was in a very creative period of my life and constantly cooked/baked as well. The merging of my greatest passions came together through the process of finding the perfect recipe and once it was found, I knew that was it. I never baked, and don't consider myself a baker considering my impatient, ADD nature. The way the Botanibites recipe came about felt like divine energy and I was instantly hooked!
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
My favorite thing I have ever made would have to be the Botaibites Maca Marble mini muffin. It's such a unique flavor and it's entirely paleo but you really wouldn't guess that it is. I thought I would just be the odd one that liked it but it became customers' favorite really fast! Of all the things I have cooked or baked, that is my favorite by far and I now get to make it on the regular!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut just so I could visit the moon... Other than that I honestly didn't have any dreams or visions of becoming anything specific.
What is your creative process?
Wear something colorful to wake me up, play a mix of Billie Holiday/Etta James/Ray Charles on Pandora (or Radiohead) and start mixing and baking. Outside of baking, my ideas and creative flow are highest when I wake up when all is still quiet and the sun is shining. I write ideas down or draw them out as soon as they come to me, especially using symbols, sketches and lists. Most of the creation happens in a random moment, unexpected.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
10 years ago would put me at 15. I have always been extremely responsible, motivated, and proactive in school and work so I think I would tell myself to take it easyyyy. Not to place stress on myself or care what others think so much and just find what resonates with me most and not what others expect me to do. Break away from outside expectations that are irrelevant to my spiritual needs, wants and desires and constantly find yourself and do what moves you most each and every day.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
It's important to support local artists and makers because I believe creating and serving passion makes a happy human being. Local support is ideal because you are directly supporting your community and inspiring others around you to follow their individualism and intricacies.
Why do you love doing what you do?
I love doing what I do because it encompasses all of my innate and learned habits, interests and tendencies. I have thoroughly enjoyed every little bit of the entrepreneur process with Botanibites and love challenging myself in every way. It's been a lovely journey and I can't wait for this brain child to continue to blossom and grow. Knowing I have made a product that others are positively effected by also makes me extremely happy and motivated to pursue my goal completely.
What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?
DO ITTTT! The only difference between them and you is that they did it.. Ideas are just the foundation but don't mean much if they aren't brought out into the world through action. Listen to some podcasts of how other businesses started, present your idea to others, be vulnerable, be confident, and just go for it. Life is long. Challenge, change and growth are everything.
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
Everything! Aside from loving to explore in general, I love Ohio for its seasons, varied landscape, hills, presence of nature and animals, and it's growing community of food, health and entertainment. Ohio has always felt like home to me even though I grew up in Florida so I am excited to explore Ohio more and more now that I live here.