Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Feature - Rosa Maria's Kitchen

I was quite surprised to find food shops on Etsy when I first started selling there. But I've since found some really good ones! Rosa Maria's Kitchen is a wonderful shop! I've tried the taco seasoning and the Dry Jerk Rub. We liked them so much I've re-ordered them :) Now I really want to try the Strawberry Daiquiri Jam. It looks sooooooooo goooooood!!!
Rosa Maria's Kitchen is offering a coupon code for the next week!!
BLOGFEATURE for 20% off

I may just get that jam after all!!

*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
- I'm from a small town in Northeast Ohio. My parents were raised in the same town, graduated a couple of years apart in school and were highschool sweethearts. I grew up about 5 miles from my husband and we graduated high school together. We dated on and off in school but I wouldn't really call us high school sweethearts. We were married last July surrounded by everyone we hold dear to our hearts. I graduated college with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. I currently work as an Applications Chemist - I test chemicals in their final state - plastics, rubbers, PVC, wood plastics. And I actually love what I do. I have a cat that I love dearly - Bella. She really is my baby - especially since we don't have children. I enjoy cooking but I'm not so found of doing the dishes :)

*How did you decide on your shop name?
- That is probably the easiest question! My grandmother was a very influential person in my life. When both of my parents were working, I would spend the day with her as a little girl. Her name was Rosa Maria. She passed away about 5 years ago and I still miss her dearly. She was always in the kitchen and you could never go to her house without eating something. So when starting an etsy store related to food I knew that I would have had her blessing. This way her name and spirit still lives on. Maybe it is her blessing that has helped my store to succeed.

* Why did you start your business?
- I actually started my business because I had so many extra Hot Pepper Jellies in my fruit cellar from the year before. They stay good canned for several years but I have seen that several other etsy stores selling this product were doing very well. So I thought I would give it a try. Not it is a part time job!

*What are 3 things you want people to think when they see your product?
- I want to try that!
- That sounds interesting!
- That would be great on ...

*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
- Well, I have a full time job - Monday thru Friday - job. After that I enjoy dabbling at photography. I have another store that sells that - I have a neice & nephew that I enjoy playing with. And in the summer I love to be outside. I also love to travel - just recently returned from our belated honeymoon in Hawaii. It was absolutely beautiful and can't wait to go back.

*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
- Pumpkin Apple Butter - it takes about 2 hours to make. And while it is cooking the house smells wonderful. I just had a large order of it for a wedding and the house smelled great for days!

*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?
- Keep trying! At first it seems like no one is noticing your work. You have to keep listing, network - make friends. Every little thing you do helps. Second, treat your customers great. Throw a little something extra in. If you keep them happy with your product they will be more likely to come back again.

*Are there other places on the net we can find you?


  1. Awesome feature! I highly recommend her Caramel Apple Jam too!

  2. What a great shop feature! The photos are making me hungry, everything looks delish!

  3. Now I am officially starving, everything sounds so good.

  4. Audrey ... Thank you so much for this feature. It is done WONDERFULLY!! And it looks amazing! You are THE BEST!!

  5. Wonderful feature! All of the food looks delicious! That's some great advice shops should just keep trying, eventually with a little work you'll get the credit your work deserves!

  6. Great artist story - her products look delicious too....

  7. what a coincidence! I bought her pumpkin apple butter a while ago - it really IS yummy!

  8. Thanks for introducing this wonderful artist. Must share this with hubby as he is always looking for good rubs:)

  9. Who doesn't love delicious foods! Glad to learn about her shop and specialties, I wasn't familiar with her shop. Thanks!

  10. Oh boy! She had me at pumpkin apple butter! I'll heart her shop for sure! Great feature.

  11. Another great interview and shop!

  12. Great feature, and yumm!! I want one of everything. But the Pumpkin Apple Butter? That sounds like the greatest thing ever invented.

    I was also happily surprised to see food on Etsy!

  13. Looks delicious!

    I hope you'll swing by my blog and enter the new giveaway. It's for candy!


  14. I shouldn't be reading about this when I'm so

  15. Great feature...and now I can use a snack. lol

  16. That looks fantastic! I have thought about opening up a muffin shop or adding muffins to my shop. I love to make big muffins, and I just need to figure out how to ship them!

  17. Great interview! I love how bright all the items are in Rosa Maria's shop!

  18. Really looks and sounds so yummy!!!

  19. great feature!!! looks yummmmmy!!!

  20. Great feature! Now you've got my mouth watering :)

  21. yummmy, glad i'm full from dinner!!!


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