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Ellis County BUSINESS JOURNAL | January 2018 From The Editor:

When we began planning this month’s Ellis County Business Journal we were in the midsts of National Women in Small Business

Month. It is a month, in this case, October of each year, dedicated to the celebration of mothers, wives, sisters and daughters who drive industry in communities like Waxahachie, Midlothian, Maypeal, Italy, Ennis and Red Oak. They are rockstars. In previous journals, I’ve made references to the flower shop on West Franklin that my cousins and I grew up in. It was there that I first experienced just how dedicated, driven and capable these women — my mother, aunt, sister and extended family and friends — are to their craft and business. Since that time I have watched and shopped at stores opened by mothers, sisters, and daughters in Ellis County. Stores like High Cotton Emporium, Three Bears, Velvet Angel, Multitudes, Mosiac Madness, FireHouse Kids, Farmluck, CorkHouse, Cork and Keg, and countless others. One of those, Three Bears, is owned by one of the strongest women I have ever met and has moved into that former flower shop on West Franklin. I couldn’t be more proud. Over the years, women have led corporations like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Yahoo. In fact, the National Women’s Business Council reported that over 10 million women owned small businesses in 2016. That number seems staggering but is growing each and every year. From vacuums to handguns, bakeries to beauty salons, and even, yes, flower shops, Ellis County women have made their mark on the business landscape. We thank them for their sacrifices and encourage you all to shop local and support small business. After all, they are rockstars.

TRAVIS M. SMITH

Managing Editor Waxahachie Media Group


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Table of Contents Page 4 —TxGunRange is making firearms a girl’s bestfriend Page 7 — Buying local: Does it really matter?

Established 1867

Scott Brooks Publisher Travis M. Smith Managing Editor

Page 8— Swink sticks to its roots and fixes yours

Wendy Anderson Office Manager

Page 10 —Jane Dough Bake House continues its baking success

Sharon Rexrode Lead Designer

Page 13 — Fresh flowers & fresher shopping on downtown square Page 14 —Vacuum Shop saving good people from bad Dysons Page 16 —Doolee’s has turned a dream into sweet, sweet success

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Andrew Branca Ashley Ford Chelsea Groomer Alexis Bierman Staff Writers

On The Cover

Featured on the front cover of this month’s business journal is (clockwise) Tricia Miller, of TxGunRange, Tammy Settlemyer, of The Vacuum Shop, the women of Swink, and Krystal Hughes, of Jane Dough Bake House.


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A p istol p ack’in m anager Midlothian’s TxGunRange is making firearms a girl’s best friend TXGunRange is locally owned and located at 5761 US Highway 287 in Midlothian, just a couple miles toward Mansfield after the 287-US 67 exchange.

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F orget the stilettos and lipstick because Texas women are finding a new source of empower-

ment through a local gun range that encourages a diverse community of gunpowder and led-loving individuals. “We have some absolutely fabulous people who come here,” began Tricia Miller, co-owner, and manager of Midlothian’s TxGunRange. “We want to create that environment where you feel comfortable, safe, and can get to know us as we get to know you, and I mean that.” “About a third of all of our shooters are women, and I’m really excited about that because I think it’s really important for women to feel empowered to defend themselves because we live in such an uncertain world,” she acknowledged.

Founded in July 2012 off Dallas Fort-Worth Highway 360, the membership-based gun range has become a favorite attraction among local shooters. Accruing over 12,000 members hailing from Ireland, China, South America, Australia, and all over North Texas, TxGunRange is one of the most affordable range memberships in Ellis County. “People come to visit because the membership is so inexpensive, so they to take a membership, pay a daily fee, and


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go down and shoot,” Miller explained. “Our whole thing here is that safety is number one. Second, is education not just for women but for anybody who comes here.”

encourages a community mindset that offers License To Carry (LTC) certifications, women-only classes, and private lessons to anyone.

“We like all of our shooters, and everyone understands what we’re trying to accomplish, and they like to participate with us,” she added.

“We will help you,” Miller encouraged. “All of our guys will take a moment to help you and teach you if they see you doing something that they think, ‘Hey, you could do that more safely or more efficiently this way.’ So there’s a lot of things that we do that you’re not charged extra for.”

Though Miller was an artist by trade and never saw herself running a distinctive gun range that is known throughout the county, she goes on to say that she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I have to be honest,” Miller began to tell of her managing experience. “The day I took this place over I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d say, ‘Hey, I’m running a gun range.’ But I was in a situation where my life was threatened, and I realized I needed to do something to feel like I could take care of myself.” “So I was very fortunate to get what was the CHL license at the time, and I passed,” she continued. “And I thought, ‘Oh, I like this, and I’m pretty good at it,’ and I thought ‘It can’t be that different to run a range.’ The only learning curve I’d have is learning about the guns and managing way more people than I’ve ever managed before.” With highly qualified and certified staff, Miller’s range

“I also like to talk to people and see what they want to accomplish, so we’ll set up a program to accomplish what they set out to do,” she included. From a pavilion covered pistol range to a rifle and shotgun area with skeet and posting targets, Miller goes on to say that TxGunRange’s main attraction is the atmosphere it carries. “We are the range where everybody knows your name,” Miller confirmed. “After you come here a few times, you feel as enthusiastic about being here and excited to be here as we are every day, and that’s what we want.” “We have a lot of families that come together which is really nice. I see a lot of fathers teaching daughters, and I think that’s wonderful,” she noted. “There’s one family in particular where they come at least twice a month, and it’s


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Ellis County BUSINESS JOURNAL | January 2018 and those who have what may seem like an unlikely vision to go ahead and fulfill their passions wholeheartedly. “Basic management skills are the same no matter what the industry is,” Miller recognized. “I can either run the range or I can’t, and the benefit for me is that I actually can run the range. But you need to believe in yourself and believe that you can do it.”

just their family outing time. So they spend the day together and have a really good time because it’s a really fun place to hang out at.” The family-friendly range not only accommodates to its older audience but also allows children from nine-years-old and up to shoot if they have a Texas Parks and Wildlife hunter-safety card. Adding to TxGunRange’s uniqueness, the cement barriers separating each shooting range, Miller explains, originate from Waxahachie’s Superconducting Super Collider project from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Not only that, but the range also includes a locally made berm that is 20 feet tall and 400 feet long, exceeding the NRA minimum guidelines by two feet. Growing her business to uphold 12 staff members and countless memberships, Miller acknowledges to breaking the “status quo” in a male-dominated industry. “It’s really interesting to be a woman in this business and this type of area,” Miller expressed. “Usually what happens is that a man will approach me and they’re either like, ‘Really? A woman here?’ Or they’re very enthusiastic and embrace the whole concept.” “But after they talk to us and see how the range is run, they’re like, ‘This place is awesome, and I’ll be back,’” she chuckled. “It just takes a minute to warm up because I think they want to know that I know what I’m doing.” Miller expounds on the topic, encouraging the community

“And more than anything, you have to surround yourself with people who have the same vision that you do. Anyone of us here at the range will go to the mat for any of the others, and we know each one of us has each other’s back. So be patient and give yourself the opportunity, and believe in yourself that you can do it,” she finished with a nod. To connect with TxGunRange, visit txgunrange.com or call (469)-487-4810.


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By Melissa Erickson More Conent Now

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hopping small can make a big difference. On Nov. 25, shop Small Business Saturday to benefit your community, help the local economy and environment, get personalized service and top-notch products, and have fun exploring the stores and restaurants in your neighborhood. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S.,” said Jessica Mayle, spokeswoman for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office.

Economic vitality Shoppers reported spending $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday 2016. “This support helps America’s small businesses

local matter?

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Why buy local “Unique, independent, local businesses play a vital role in maintaining a community’s distinct character,” said Leslie L. McKnight, senior development specialist in the Office of Economic Development, Peoria, Illinois. “Local businesses usually are coupled in low-traffic business corridors and provide unique offerings and experiences that become a destination place that attracts visitors and tourists. A large number of local business outlets serving their own niche creates far greater diversity and choices overall.”

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do what they do best: grow their business, create jobs and ensure that our communities remain as vibrant tomorrow as they are today,” Mayle said. “Each dollar spent at a local business returns an average of three times more money to the local economy than spending at national chains. This is called the multiplier effect,” McKnight said. “Independent businesses have to do shopping of their own – whether it be hiring a marketing team, a lawyer

or a construction company – and we find, overwhelmingly, that they usually ‘buy local’ themselves,” Mayle said. “Thus, consumer spending at a small business creates a multiplier effect and recirculates in the local community, fueling jobs and supporting growth across sectors.” A study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance found that each $100 spent at local independents generated $45 of secondary local spending, compared to $14 for a big-box chain.

A healthier living environment “Buying local reduces transportation costs from outside the region, which results in less-congested roads and the ability to design a more walkable and bikeable community,” McKnight said. “Local businesses typically consume less land and locate closer to residents, which can lessen overall traffic, pollution and infrastructure costs.” “Small-business owners are passionate experts about the products they make and sell, and they understand that a durable, long-lasting product is ultimately a better value than mass-produced or cheap alternatives,” Mayle said. “Buying and using products with longer lifespans is, in general, a trend with positive implications for the environment.” Shop and chat “Small businesses are the original social networking sites. They offer shoppers the chance to catch up with neighbors and express their style and preferences,” Mayle said. By shopping small, residents demonstrate commitment to their communities and create goodwill. To learn more about local Small Business Saturday events, in-person training and financing support, visit the Small Business Administration at SBA.gov.


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Swink continues it’s roots, fixes yours, and expands its brand By Alexis Bierman news@waxahachietx.com

F or a brand that’s taking Midlothian by storm, it’s only right to trace the family dynasty’s success back to the wom-

cuts.

“The absolute best part of my job is the clients,” Bell an who started it all — and it all began with a pair of shears. said. “Just getting to know each and every one of them on a personal level is so rewarding.” Owner Vicki Bell, of Swink Color Bar, L.L.C., has produced top-of-the-line hair services since first opening the salon Now stationed in the heart of Midlothian, Bell has redoors seven years ago. Alongside her highly-qualified team mained a proud resident ever since moving to the city 18 of expert-stylists, the six-woman crew has mastered cuts, years ago. A mom to two grown children who have since coloring and styling services alike. expanded the Swink name with their respective business ventures, this family proves that their ever-present brand A stylist with more than 25 years of experience under her is only just beginning. hairdresser’s belt, Bell was sure of her styling career much sooner than most. Despite her farfetched goal, the hairIn addition to the salon, Swink Color Bar has added an expertize didn’t let her young age get in the way of what she in-store clothing boutique, while her daughter, Makenzie, wanted to do. and daughter-in-law, Betsy, have launched the online version at swinkboutique.com. Her son, Andre, owns Swink “I knew I wanted to do hair when I was in middle school,” Athletics and Swink Dry Goods, while Betsy runs Swink Bell said. “It’s very rewarding to me. It’s funny. Because girls Photography. in athletics, all my girlfriends, we had different days that I would do their hair. So Wednesday I would do a couple of To schedule an appointment at Swink Color Bar, contact girls’ hair, Thursday I’d do a couple more, I just had them (972) 723-2656 or go online to swinkcolorbar.com. The lined up! As soon as we got done sweating, I’d just fix them salon is located at 505 S. 5th Street in Midlothian. up!” Located in a renovated train trestle behind Midlothian High School, the household name has serviced more than 1,000 clients from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Racking up a near perfect score on multiple review sites, this renowned stylist proves that there’s more to doing hair than just highlights and hair-


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Jane Dough Bake House continues baking success in Midlothian By Andrew Branca

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he past four years, Krystal Hughes has been in the business of creating smiles. Hughes is the owner of Jane Dough Bake House in Midlothian, which creates tasty treats for any occasion. From birthday parties to weddings Hughes can make a customer’s vision for that special event come true. The path to becoming a baker was realized when Hughes was a student at the University of North Texas while pursuing a fine arts photography de-

gree. “In my last semester, my professor was like ‘write down your dreams for the rest of your life and this semester we are going to work towards those whether it has anything to do with photography or not,’” Hughes recalled. “I had been baking for fun for family and friends up until that point, and I thought that would be a really fun thing to do for a living. We started drafting out a business plan and where to go from there after college. It took

a couple of years to get it up and running after college. That is how it started.” Hughes stated that after college she worked for Dallas food photographer, Kevin Marple, for two years before starting the bakery in her home. One of the reasons that customers crave Hughes’ creations is because of the taste. Jane Dough Bake House uses local, organic ingredients in its food. No substitutes are used in the products.


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“We have a strong dedication to use Cake, which Hughes describes as “su- they can’t say they are 100 percent local and organic ingredients. All of per fudgy, moist and delicious.” gluten-free.” our eggs are (purchased) right down The cake has hints of coffee and cinAlong with gluten-free options, the the road from our house from a place namon. It is then topped with the per- bakery has sugar free cakes for people called Hidden Honey Farm. If we son’s favorite candy. Melted chocolate who have diabetes. In those recipes, ever use honey in our recipes, we get is then sprinkled all over the cake. the sweetener and sugar substitute our honey from them,” Hughes noted. “The cake is intense,” Hughes reStevia is used. They also can accom“All of the base ingredients like our marked. “You have to share it with modate people who have egg allergies flower, our sugar, and our milk are or- friends, or you will go into a food in its recipes as well. ganic. We have a strict quality standard coma, but it is delicious.” Jane Dough Bake House does have in our ingrediset pricing ents. We don’t for everyday use preservatives items like “It is a comforting feeling to come back home and to be such as corn birthday cakes able to make other people happy with these baked goods,” syrup and things and pies, like that.” but they are Hughes said. “It makes my heart smile.” Hughes explained mostly known that the differas a special ence between order bakery. something made with high-quality The bakery can also accommodate a ”We are not here to make a whole chocolate, unbleached flour, and fair person’s particular dietary needs as bunch of money. That is not the end trade organic sugar versus items purwell. goal. The goal is to bring joy to these chased from the grocery store can be “If a person has celiac disease (gluten people with cakes and things like tasted in the final product. allergy) we wipe down the kitchen that,” Hughes said. “We like to work “Everything that we do is from from head to toe. For those who have within people’s expected price range scratch. We don’t buy any mixes for celiac, it is not just an actual discomand try to give them another set of anything. If anyone wants anything fort, but it is an actual allergy. It can options.” extra on top like Marzipan we make be dangerous for them,” Hughes Since its startup in 2014, the bakery it in-house,” Hughes stated. “We are stated. “We are the only bakery in won the Small Business Award of Exreally dedicated to doing it right and town that can accommodate for celiac. cellence for the Midlothian Chamber doing it ourselves. It is really fun.” There are bakeries that have glutenof Commerce. Building on its success An item that the bakery has become free options but because it is made in Hughes is renovating a building on known for is its Chocolate Coma the same space as things with flour Main Street. She hopes to move in within the next year. “It is a comforting feeling to come back home and to be able to make other people happy with these baked goods,” Hughes said. “It makes my heart smile.” People who what more information about the bakery can go to its website at www.janedoughbakehouse. com. To place an order people can email Hughes at janedoughbakehouse@ gmail.com or message her through the bakery’s Facebook page. Search Jane Dough Bake House on Facebook. Hughes will notify customers a time and location of where they pick up their order.


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Her world of freshness From greenery to guardiolas, The Flower Shoppe has it all By Alexis Bierman news@waxahachietx.com

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Ifeel-good n a world of fresh flowers and service, a locally owned

flower and gift shop certainly makes the list for a successful, womenowned business bringing hometown spirit and sweet smelling bouquets to Midlothian. Putting beside a collective 20 years in education, Jane Nelson decided to take her career in a slightly different direction. After stating she “just wanted a change,” the brains behind the bouquet business decided a flower shop was just the solution.

The Flower Shoppe by Jane is located at 118 North 8th Street in downtown Midlothian.

“I started this as a second career,” Nelson said. “I used to teach in Oklahoma and Venus, and then I decided I just wanted a change. I don’t know exactly why I wanted a flower shop, but there was just this draw.” A one-stop shop for anyone seeking out flowers for homecoming, holidays and everything in between, the doors behind this six-year-old business are home to jewelry, apparel, candles and cards — and that was just the beginning.

“The best part of this job is the customers.”

“Besides pretty, fresh, gorgeous flowers, we probably have the most unique gifts in Midlothian,” Nelson said. “It’s one of the things my customers say a lot is they see things in here that they don’t see in other places, so that’s what makes it special and what I think keeps people coming in.” With a desire of “delivering smiles” to all those who frequent the downtown Midlothian business, Nelson has worked diligently at maintaining a satisfied customer base to fulfill an already blooming reputation.

But lucky for Nelson, working with Midlothian residents makes her job easy. “The best part of this job is the customers,” she said. “Midlothian has the greatest customer base. They’re all just really kind, sweet people- just a lot of fun.” As for the future plans the local business may have, Nelson has decided to keep things simple. “We’re just going to keep on keeping on.” The Flower Shoppe by Jane is located at 118 North 8th Street in downtown Midlothian. Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To place an order, contact (972) 775-1090.


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‘saving GOOD people from bad VACUUMS’ The Vacuum Shop upholds a family legacy that’s vrooming with success “Always work hard and be kind to people because you want them to come back”

By Chelsea Groomer news@waxahachietx.com

Inheriting the family business, Tammy Settlemyer has grown up in the vacuum industry for the last 41 years, continuing a legacy of quality service her father once started. “My parents started this business when we moved from Oklahoma to Waxahachie, and I was just in junior high,” Settlmyer began. “There are hardly any vacuum shops around, we’re one, if any, in Ellis County.”

company warranties. “I’m a warranty center for Hoover, Dyson, Simplicity, Miele, and Oreck – the main machines,” Settlemyer confirmed. “There are some vacuums I’ll take apart and rebuild motors, but there are other machines you may have to completely replace. A vacuum is like a car - it has a motor, a belt, and you have to maintain it, so we help do that.”

“I’ll get vacuums as far as Fort Worth, Dallas, and Hill County, so people come from all over,” she added.

“My biggest downfall is that I want to fix the machine instead of always replacing pieces because I’d rather save my customer money,” she added.

What began in 1976 on Dallas Highway, later moved to 400 West Jefferson Street in 1987, offers everything from high-quality vacuums to repairs and big

With a passion for working with her hands, Settlemyer’s father taught her the ropes of the business, experiencing nearly anything that can happen in a vacuum.


“The most common mistake I see is that their vacuums get stopped up. I’ve had one where a hair curler got stuck in a vacuum, and the lady was like, ‘Well, it’s not mine.’ And I was like, ‘Well, the machine picked it up so where’d it come from?’” Settlemyer laughed. “I’ve had socks toys, animal toys, hairpins, spiders, paperclips, pens, lipstick, shredded paper, dead rodents, marbles – you name it, I’ve dealt with it,” she chuckled. “But I love working with my hands and trying to figure things out, so I enjoy it.” After her father passed away in 2011, Settlemyer took over the family shop in January 2012, buying it from her mother.

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year, and then I fully took over in 2012 and have been here ever since,” she expounded.

Receiving practically ten vacuums a day, nearly 70 vacuums a week, and almost 300 a month, Settlemyer reveals her secret to the business’ lasting success. “I always try to be kind,” Settlemyer recognized. “Because you never know who you’re going to run into and they’re going to recognize you, so you always need to be kind.”

“I’m a warranty center for Hoover, Dyson, Simplicity, Miele and Oreck”

“I worked with my parents after I got laid off at the bank in 2009, and came over here and started working with them thinking they could take some time off and have some vacation because my dad never would go,” Settlemyer recalled. “Well, at the end of March in 2011 my dad took a week-long vacation and went fishing. He then had a heart attack that next week and passed away in April. So I took over with my mom for the whole

Also inspiring future women business owners, Settlemyer gives a piece of advice that has served her well.

“To the women who want to be their own boss, you have to be dedicated to want to achieve, to grow, and to always, always be kind to others,” Settlemyer encouraged. “Always work hard and be kind to people because you want them to come back and that’s what’ll bring them back to your business.” “You don’t want to be the business in a town known for being, ‘Oh, look, that mean lady over there.’ I don’t want to ever be known as mean to anybody, I want to be known as, ‘Hey, that’s that kind lady over there,’” she smiled. As for the future of The Vacuum Shop, Settlemyer invites the community to stop by whether or not a vacuum is in need of repair. “Bring your vacuums in or come by and see me and talk,” Settlemyer affirmed. “I do try to save good people from bad vacuums, and that’s on my sign outside, so come by and see me.” To connect with The Vacuum Shop, visit vacuumshoponline. com or call (972)937-3900.


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A doosie at Doolee’s

Hailee Hardin dreamt of owning a bakery, now she does and it’s sweet By Chelsea Groomer news@waxahachietx.com

Dreaming of one day owning her own bakery, Hailee Hardin has turned her passion for the culinary arts into a novel-baking hub that serves passed-down family recipes to a sweet-tooth community. Going to school for interior design and architecture, Hardin quickly decided to change her major and enroll in baking school at Blinn College, a sister school of Texas A&M University.

“Grab onto your dreams and do not let go of it because in today’s day and age there are so many outlets to get your dream started.” “So from there on it was a pipe dream of one day opening my own bakery,” Hardin recalled. What began as a passion in 2011, soon turned into a


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full-fledged baking business in 2015, after moving to Midlothian two years earlier in 2013. “When we came here I thought this would be an amazing opportunity and a great place to have a bakery, especially since all the wedding venues are opening up around us,” Hardin acknowledged Midlothian’s charm.

“My chocolate chip cookies are from my great-grandmother’s recipe that my sister and I made with her and know by heart. So we don’t skimp on the butter at all, and we’re not the place to come for New Year’s resolutions,” Hardin laughed. “I use my family’s recipes a lot.”

“I wanted a wedding boutique type situation where brides could come in and have a classy wedding cake experience,” she added.

Active in the community, Hardin’s trustworthy reputation has been proven through her active involvement with several organizations throughout the year.

From home-style cookies to scrumptious cupcakes, and decadent wedding cakes, Doolee’s Baking Company opened a storefront that’s tucked off of East Highway 287.

As stated in a previous Daily Light article, Hardin is a member of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Wine and Arts Festival Subcommittee, a supporter of Midlothian Heritage High Football Program, and frequently donates products for various charity auctions to firefighters and the police department.

“I grew up with my dad’s mom always cooking, and we always said ‘the more butter, the better,’ and you just don’t see that anymore,” Hardin recognized. “Everything is so commercialized, you don’t really see a lot of the home-style baking anymore, and that’s what I focus on.” Though the business is young, the quality of service and goodies made would say otherwise, as Hardin explains the secret to her success.

Adding to her baking repertoire, Hardin was also recognized in Ellis County’s “40 Under 40 Business Professionals” of this year. “My stepdad told me about it [40 Under 40], and he was like ‘Hey, I just want to let you know you might be getting a call. I wanted this to be a complete sur-


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prise to you, but I can see you answering your phone going ‘I don’t know anything about this,’ but I nominated you for the 40 under 40,’” Hardin recollected the moment. “And I thought, ‘there are so many other people out there, and I’m fairly new.’ So I didn’t think I would get it. And then my dad told me I got it, and I was really excited,” she included. “That was a very proud moment for me.” Despite Hardin’s commended success, her entrepreneurship is still working towards being “taken seriously” throughout day-to-day orders. “I’ll have people come in, and they’ll talk over me or be looking at one of my employees and talk to them, but I kind of laugh it off now because when they find out I’m the owner their mouths drop,” Hardin recounted. “Sometimes it’s a struggle to be taken seriously at such a young age because I’m 26 –years-old, but I take a lot of pride in my work, and it’s definitely a day-to-day thing to grab their respect and own up to it,” she expounded. And as more young entrepreneurs are taking the busi-


ness reigns in Midlothian, Hardin encourages them to find a steady support system.

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“I would tell those wanting to go into business to find people who want your dream to succeed just as much as you do,” Hardin advised. “Grab onto your dreams and do not let go of it because in today’s day and age there are so many outlets to get your dream started. It’s cool to see my generation opening up businesses around town and just seeing all of them is inspiring to me,” she heartened. As for the future of Doolee’s Baking Company? “A lot of people have asked me if I want to franchise or expand out, and in all honesty, I like my little business how it is,” Hardin admitted. “I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this bakery and my hope is to have Doolee’s become a wellknown bakery in Midlothian where brides can come and have a special day,” she concluded. To connect with Doolee’s Baking Company, visit dooleesbakingco.net or call (214)-301-2114.

“My chocolate chip cookies are from my great-grandmother’s recipe that my sister and I made with her and know by heart. So we don’t skimp on the butter at all, and we’re not the place to come for New Year’s resolutions,” Hardin laughed. “I use my family’s recipes a lot.”


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