We had the good fortune of connecting with Krista Harper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krista, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always loved baking and when my husband was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at the age of 44, he could no longer eat the things I baked. I took his diabetes on as a challenge to find a way to bake sweet treats that tasted good, but would not raise his blood sugar levels, hence the name “In Range Sweets”, or require him to take large amounts of insulin. The more successful I became with my low carb sugar free baking, and trust me, it was a process, (many things went right into the trash after the first taste) I began sharing with family and friends, often not telling them it was sugar free until after they had tried it. My husband and others began encouraging me to try selling my items with people looking for sugar free, low carb or gluten free items. So, last year, I took a leap and made my first post on instagram. A pan of brownies were my first sale, to a Type 1 Diabetic. I was so anxious about giving someone something that would affect their blood sugar levels. I knew how they affected my husband, but every person is different, but that night and the next day, this client was kind enough to share her blood sugar levels with me and they had stayed In Range after eating my sweets! So far, I have had nothing but positive feedback from clients who are trying to keep blood sugars In Range, or need gluten free or low carb items, however, each time a new client tries my sweets, I still get anxious about how it will affect them or if they will like what they taste. Each positive comment is what keeps me going. I am passionate about showing people that you can have your cake and eat it too!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In Range Sweets is the result of my family’s life circumstances combined with a passion for wanting to change a mind set about healthy lifestyle choices. My business has been built out of trail and error, experimentation, and a strong desire to share what works for my family with others. We are a busy family with 4 teenage kids, I am also a kindergarten teacher and baking has always been a stress reliever. for me and a way to spread joy to others. I love gifting baked items to brighten someone’s day and have been doing so as long as I can remember. I love the challenge of baking that perfect cookie and seeing the delight on someones face when they try it, however, turning that into a business has not been easy. Our lifestyle was hectic before and adding a baking business to the mix seemed crazy, but I just kept having this feeling that I needed to share what was successful for my husband with others. When he was first diagnosed, we tried so many different sugar free items that were sold at local stores or bakeries and they often had weird after tastes. As we walked through the process of learning how sugar and carbs affected his body and his health, I was intrigued and inspired to see how I could do better. The result of that endeavor is In Range Sweets. I want others to know that you can have tasty sweets without loading up on carbs and sugar, and there are also great options for those needing gluten free.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a huge fan of supporting local business, now more than ever. We live in far North Dallas, some of the places on our list to visit or dine at would be Industrial Pizza, a local Richardson pizza joint that is a must. Roman Cocina at Coit and Belt Line. Bambu Thai in Richardson, and Haystack Burgers. We would also have to fit in trips to the Dallas Farmers Market and the Arboretum. We really enjoy hanging out in our own backyard with friends and family.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My sister in law, Carrie DeCicco of Salt Sweets gets all the cred for the start up of In Range Sweets. She started her own baking business in Lake Highlands and has encouraged me from the very start. She has worked hard to create her baking company of amazing cookies and cinnamon rolls and inspired me to do the same with a very different client base.
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