‘She’s a pretty good sales­per­son’

Can­ning en­tre­pre­neur launches line of fall-in­spired tasty treats with sup­port of CAPRE

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA NEW MI­NAS Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

With a lit­tle bit of help and sup­port, a born en­tre­pre­neur from Can­ning liv­ing with Cere­bral Palsy gets to spend her days do­ing what she loves.

And it’s easy to tell from her beam­ing smile that Crys­tal But­ler en­joys be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur.

But­ler of Crys­tal’s Pantry has al­ways en­joyed work­ing in the kitchen. She’s been busy pro­duc­ing ed­i­ble treats and gifts for her busi­ness since she grad­u­ated from North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre more than seven years ago. She op­er­ates with the help of the Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion of Peo­ple for Real En­ter­prise (CAPRE) and sup­port worker Me­gan Schofield.

“We do snack mixes, we do cho­co­lates and we do dips, stuff like that,” But­ler said.

When it comes to the dips, But­ler com­bines dry in­gre­di­ents to help elim­i­nate prep work for her cus­tomers. All they have to do is add the sour cream, may­on­naise or Greek yo­gurt, what­ever they pre­fer.

But­ler of­ten finds in­spi­ra­tion for her cre­ations in the chang­ing sea­sons and said her favourite thing about the fall is see­ing the leaves turn­ing colour.

She has launched a spe­cial line of fall prod­ucts, in­clud­ing Har­vest Hash Snack Mix, Har­vest Bark with white or dark choco­late that in­cludes candy corn, pret­zels and candy pump­kins, Wal­nut Crunch Cho­co­lates, mulling spice, dip mixes and more. She also made a bark ex­clu­sively with candy corn to fill a spe­cial order.

Schofield said the snack mix is baked with vanilla and brown su­gar but­ter, mak­ing it “pretty tasty.”

She re­al­izes that she might not get rich as a small busi­ness per­son but there’s a lot to be said about get­ting to do what she loves. She works five days a week on her ven­ture, trav­el­ling from her home to CAPRE in New Mi­nas with Kings Point to Point Tran­sit. She said it’s some­thing that she hopes to be able to do for a long time.

Crys­tal’s Pantry gives her some­thing to fo­cus on and gets her out into the com­mu­nity. Her prod­ucts are avail­able at CAPRE in New Mi­nas but she some­times takes her wares to the Kentville and Ber­wick farm­ers mar­kets.

Goods from Crys­tal’s Pantry are also avail­able at Ap­plewicks in Wolfville and Bryanna’s Café and Pre­serves in New Mi­nas. But­ler would like to get more of her prod­ucts into stores on con­sign­ment.

“She’s a pretty good sales­per­son,” Schofield said.

But­ler is pre­par­ing for her busiest time of the year with the Christ­mas sea­son not far away. She plans to make a Christ­mas­themed pep­per­mint bark, which was big hit last year, pep­per­mint trees, bits and bites, hot choco­late packs, cho­co­lates and more. But­ler is get­ting ready to take some spe­cial hol­i­day or­ders, too.

She also makes Christ­mas cards and gifts for the Kings Point to Point driv­ers who get her to and from work. It’s im­por­tant to But­ler to thank the peo­ple who help her.

Crys­tal’s Pantry is lo­cated at CAPRE, Site 1, 8736 Com­mer­cial St., New Mi­nas.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 902681-5005, email Crys­tal­sPantry@ CAPRE.org or visit Crys­tal’s Pantry on Face­book at www.face­book. com/crys­tal­spantry.

KIRK STARRATT

Crys­tal But­ler of Crys­tal’s Pantry has launched a line of fall-in­spired treats.

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