Business Name: The Candy Drawer Confectionary.com
I worked as a hospital and doctor’s office OB/GYN nurse before being a stay-at-home mom to my 3 daughters for 10 glorious years. When the girls’ dad and I divorced, I reinvented myself to provide my share of their support. Combining my nursing background and love of motherhood, I became a contractor for a Reston, Virginia-based Doula agency as a Postpartum Doula, becoming the agency’s first Birth Doula a year later. After 2 years, I formed my own Doula service, Labors Of Love, Inc. For nearly 19 years, I served hundreds of women & their growing families, retiring in 2010.
There was a void in my life after such a rewarding career. In trying to redefine Maura again, I asked myself, “What do I love nearly as much as the birthing biz? Candy!” As a California girl weaned on See’s Candy, my sweet tooth is well developed. My recent retirement gave me the opportunity to again embrace the mantra, “Do what you love.” I enjoyed cooking for my family and included the girls, especially when I baked. And they loved it, too!
The idea to turn these skills into a business arose during the holidays of 2014. We prepared a magazine cover-worthy dessert table on Thanksgiving. We then sent our own goodies to friends and family as holiday gifts. Many recipients said, “You ought to sell this stuff!” We named our company The Candy Drawer Confectionary after the old-fashioned glass front drawers filled with candy in my renovated retro-style kitchen.