We had the good fortune of connecting with Becca Salmonson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becca, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business started out of love for my friend and workout partner who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Having a background in holistic nutrition, I simply wanted to create a healthy and tasty snack mix that wasn’t too sweet but would mask the bitter, metallic taste Kevin was experiencing from chemotherapy.
I knew that cancer feeds on sugar, and that’s not what his body needed, even though that is what he was craving. While I have always been into health and nutrition, I actually never intended to start my own company. But after Kevin passed, I was inspired to share my passion for living and eating well with everyone. Somewhere along the way, this desire to feed people’s hunger to live well became my mission and morphed into launching Becca’s Petites.
What should our readers know about your business?
Becca’s Petites handcrafts scrumptious, plant-based snack mixes with your well-being in mind. Wellness can mean something different to everyone, so I created my mixes to be as versatile in flavor as they are in end use. I believe that my passion to feed everyone’s hunger to live well sets me apart. Regardless if you are gluten-, grain- or dairy-free, vegan, or someone who just wants a tasty snack, my line-up of snack mixes provides the perfect balance of both taste and nutrition. And whether you are enjoying the great outdoors, and hiking, climbing, or kayaking, or perhaps reading a book or doing yoga and practicing meditation, my snacks fuel whatever wellness means to you. Bouchées are best enjoyed straight from the bag as a healthy snack, but can also add a delicious crunch to your breakfast, soup, salad, and everything in between.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Actually, my childhood best friend did come to visit San Francisco a few years ago, but I told her I was going to be “out of town” the week she was coming. She was very upset that we would be so close yet would still miss to see each other since I lived just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin. Unbeknownst to her, I was in cahoots with her mom and sister, arranged the city Big Bus Tour for all of us, and had them wait in the hotel lobby. Donned in my best disguise, I came up and plopped right down next to them, trying not to laugh and ruin the surprise. We sat in awkward silence for what seemed like forever, then in a muffled voice, I asked if they knew where the pick up for the Big Bus Tour was located. She, of course, was the first to respond that I was in the correct spot. I then asked if it would be okay to ride with my best friend. To which she replied, “I’m sure you could, but you might want to go get them because the bus leaves soon!” At that moment, I ripped off my hat, glasses, and hoodie and said, “well, let’s get going shall we?” We had so much fun hopping on and off the bus visiting all the “touristy” spots like Fisherman’s Wharf, the Painted Ladies, and Haight Ashbury. We even stopped to eat at House of Nanking, which is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in the city. For an even bigger surprise, I had my hubby and three kids come and meet us there at the restaurant.
There are so many great places to see and visit in San Francisco, but there was no better place than the seat right next to my bestie on that big, red bus, having the best time ever!