Tell us about your business.QUIN candy opened on July 1, 2013 with one simple focus: to make the best candy we possibly can with the best ingredients we can get our hands on. All of QUIN's recipes start with one person: owner and chief candy maker Jami Curl. From gumdrops to caramels, marshmallows to lollipops, fruit chews to sour hard candies the QUIN candy kitchen is busy churning out Curl's creations both for our shoppe in Portland, Oregon and for nationwide delivery. Portland, Oregon is the ideal place to work in food and QUIN makes use of the bounty of the Pacific Northwest by working with skilled artisans who make key ingredients in our candy. Our sea salt is harvested on the Oregon coast. Our honey comes from a hive in a neighborhood just across the Willamette river. Our chocolate comes from a bean to bar operation a mile away. Our hazelnuts come from a farm just outside of Portland. Supporting small time food crafters is one of our passions - a passion we hold dear as we continue to grow.
What makes your business stand out?QUIN is a candy shoppe like no other. First, we make our candy. All of it. We use the best ingredients we can get our hands on. Our gumdrops contain real Oregon strawberries. Our coffee lollipops are made with our housemade coffee extract. Our Smoked Chai Caramels are made with a chai tea that is blended just a few blocks away. What we're doing is simple: cooking sugar and making candy...but ask yourself this: when's the last time you had a smoked cola gumdrop? What about a handmade, all natural fruit chew that's a thousand times better than any Starburst? And how about a handmade Tootsie Roll with bright sparks of hand harvested sea salt mingling with deep, dark chocolate? And then there's Orange and Coffee Caramels with Smoked Sea Salt...flavor combinations and candies beyond the everyday. QUIN makes these candies out of our happy (sugar-filled) kitchen in Portland, Oregon. We're happy little candy makers and we know we're doing something truly out of the ordinary.
What's the best business advice you've received?I have always believed that you have to pay just as much attention to negative press as you do positive press. That you can't put more weight in one than the other. That both are important. This advice (from my deceased father) has helped me find balance and has released me from the constant worry about what people are saying. It also keeps me incredibly grounded. I take what I need from both the good and the bad, but I don't allow them to dictate my life. It's truly freeing.
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