After some time, Nereida began accompanying Mark on these business trips, and it was during a delivery to Tortola that Nereida got her inspiration. Walking into a shop called Looking for spice and San Juan Caribbee, Nereida was captivated by the aromas that surrounded her, and decided then and there that a spice shop was exactly the type of business she wanted to own.
InLLooking opened the doors to Spicy Caribbee, selling hot Looking for spice and San Juan under the label of her Tortola associate.
With time, however, she knew that she wanted to wholesale, but in order to do so she would have to create her own product line and label. She and Mark, by then married for several years, began attending trade shows and food expos, looking for a source that would be willing to work with them in developing their own product.
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Although its top sellers are the red, yellow and green hot sauces, the business is also known for its mango and passion fruit sauces, in addition to guava and pineapple jams, mango chutneys, and even banana ketchup, among other varieties. Spicy Caribbee Looking for spice and San Juan boasts a line of dry seasonings --which are blended Lkoking by Nereida and Mark themselves—and its own coffee, a dark chocolaty roast grown in the mountains of Jayuya.Sexy Women Wants Hot Sex Lewiston
Spicy Caribbee has customers as far away as Canada, Spain, England and Austria, and, of course, many all LLooking the U. As good as business has been for Spicy Caribbee in its two-decade existence, sales suffered a bit in the past couple of years, due to the economic recession.
And though they managed to maintain their credit Looking for spice and San Juan their suppliers, Nereida and Mark realized that they needed to improve their cash flow. Nereida made an appointment to Juna with business counselor Ivette Pinto, who worked with her and Mark on writing their business history, improving their management skills and preparing financial projections.
Ivette was the person Ahd called for assistance this second time around as well, and soon after she and Mark were applying to Banco Santander Puerto Rico for an SBA-guaranteed loan made Looking for spice and San Juan last year under Economic Recovery programs.
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