HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Katherine Halbeck’s Sumner County cupcake business, Blooming Kupcakes, started during quarantine out of her kitchen, and out of necessity.
"I came to a point where I was furloughed during work and couldn’t sleep, so I figured what can I do to make a little money on the side," Halbeck said.
Her business was featured on the "Eat Hendersonville" Facebook page, which was also started during the pandemic. Former restaurant consultant Mauricio Sanchez started the page to highlight local non-chain small restaurants and businesses.
"The biggest thing I've heard from people in the community is, 'I didn’t know we had so many good restaurants in Hendersonville, so many good independents,'" Sanchez said.
After Sanchez highlighted Blooming Kupcakes, Halbeck says business started booming.
Sanchez says he gets no benefit from his page in the financial sense. But he says listening to stories like Halbeck's is payment enough.
"That, to me, is what it’s all about, and nothing more," Sanchez said.