Dallas mom turns baking into pandemic side hustle

Dara Mascianica started Butter Bar to help her cope mentally during quarantine.
2:43 | 11/25/20

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We're back nh the Texas mom who started doing a little baking to help calm her nerves in the early days of this well, that sweet hobby taking off in some positive ways that she did not expect. Cooking and baking has always been a creative outlet for me, so I just started doing that a lot more. I refer to it as stress baking. A lot of things change. Both kids were home with us. My husband was working from home full-time, and as a person who has struggled with anxiety, I really had a hard time figuring out how I could push back those negative thoughts. I baked initially for my family and just for me and my husband. We have pretty big sweet tooths. Then quickly, we couldn't keep consuming the amount of things I was baking. We started passing cookies out to neighbor on the weekend. And it was so helpful just to connect with people from the sidewalk. I went to a backyard birthday party Lamay, socially distanced, and my job was to bring the dessert. I thought, I'm going to make some of this stuff and float the idea I might be thinking about trying to sell it. And just on the spot, a few friends ordered some things. The name of the business is butter bar bake shop. We sell cinnamon rolls, cookie cakes, butter bars, which is a peanut better chocolate chip bar, and I also sell sample boxes. The reaction we have gotten has been above and beyond anything I could have imagined. People have been so supportive and excited and just so responsive to these treats. The most challenging part of starting the business is really no different than just the most challenging part of everyday life, and that's balancing everything. My priority is still my full-time day job, so I do bake during that time. So all of that happens either early in the morning or late at night. The best part of starting the business has been the ability to connect with people who I haven't had a chance to connect with before, whether that's neighbors who live down the street who I haven't had a chance to meet, or people who drive in 30 minutes to get a birthday cake for their son. Those are the most heartwarming parts of it. My advice to somebody who wants to start a side business or try something new, the first step is just starting. Start small, just try it. Every idea you have doesn't have to be a grand slam. I was in the middle of just such a dark and hopeless time the world kind of was in at that point. It was like, why not? If not me, who, and if not now,

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