I’m excited to launch and bring you my ‘Small Business Spotlight’ series… 🙌🏼
Each week, I’ll be introducing you to a new business! This is the first instalment, and what better way to start than with 7Marvels – an independent home/online bakery based in Richmond Upon Thames?!
I got the chance to ask the wonderful Cristina Popescu, founder, director and head baker of 7Marvels, some questions and you can read the full interview below…
Tell us a little bit about yourself & your small business: ‘7Marvels’
CP: I’m a homebaker based in Richmond Upon Thames. I started 7Marvels two years ago.
A fun little fact about my business is that I made the decision to start it at our annual street party in 2018!
Why did you decide to open your small business?
CP: Since a very young age I’ve always been passionate about cooking and baking in particular but I never really took my passion up until recently when I started my baking business.
What are your hopes for the future?
CP: I am so grateful for the fact that I am able to do what I love for a living; and so with that said I hope that my business carries on to thrive and flourish in the coming years.
As we all know, Covid has hit most small businesses hard… So, this next part of the interview with Cristina at 7Marvels delves into how Covid restrictions and these past lockdowns have affected her home business.
How has 7Marvels been affected by COVID?
CP: I am lucky enough to have been able to stay open amidst those uncertain and turbulent times.
Having an online-only shop has helped me in various ways to stay open and carry on making cakes; I was able to bring a smile to people’s faces with my cakes and pastries which matters a lot to me.
How has your business had to adapt since COVID?
CP: Having a business open during Covid has to a certain extent confirmed my initial decision of opening an online shop in spite of having a cake shop on the high street.
Have you noticed any changes in your business (sales etc.) since the COVID lockdowns?
CP: I have noticed changes in customer tendencies as they are more inclined to buy online.
What advice would you give other small business owners – or those looking to start one?
CP: Get all the resources and equipment needed to start an online business alongside with the rest. I believe that e-commerce is becoming progressively more powerful and prosperous than it was before.
The most important thing is to do what you love and be passionate about it, and you need to have the resilience and determination to carry on with it even if it gets difficult. Your love and devotion will be apparent in what you do and the customers will become recurring ones.
There you have it… Luckily for Cristina, Covid hasn’t affected her business, as it was very much online-based to begin with.
A massive thanks again to Cristina for giving up her time to do this interview, and for giving some awesome advice for self-starters too. What a sweetheart! 🥰
7Marvels’ cakes/bakes look 😍😋 incrEDIBLE! (you’re welcome! 🎤⬇️)
Here’s an added bonus, Cristina’s business caters for most dietary requirements, offering treats that are vegan, low-sugar, eggless and gluten-free! What’s not to love about some delicious guilt-free goodies!?
I’m planning on ordering one for my birthday this year, and I cannot wait! Judging by how quickly last year went, I’ll be 30 at the blink of an eye!
There’s lots to come in this series… So watch out for more interviews with small businesses in the coming weeks. I’ve got everything from crystals stockists, candle makers, hairdressers and beauty salons! ✨