We had the good fortune of connecting with Anhoni Patel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anhoni, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
New motherhood can be incredibly isolating and challenging to navigate. I wanted to help other mothers who may have been struggling with their milk supply and postpartum healing. And offer the kind of support I received from my own mother and grandmother. I was driven to share the nurturing and nourishing foods that were lovingly made for me with this new community to which I now belonged.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mrs. Patel’s makes food for women with Ayurvedic herbs to support them through pregnancy, breastfeeding and postpartum. We are the only company in the U.S. that makes such specialized and traditional treats and teas. They are very unique and have a distinct flavor profile. All our treats are handcrafted – every cookie is rolled by hand, every bar is cut by hand and even our loose tea is hand-mixed. They are as close to homemade as you can get. They are made fresh and shipped right to our customers.
I started the company in 2012 when my second child was only 4.5 months old and my older child was just over two years old, so I definitely had my hands full! I had never worked in the food industry or had my own business before, so there was a lot I had to learn. But I believed in our products and wanted to get them out into the world, so I figured things out while taking care of my two small children.
The recipes for our products were passed down from mother to mother within our family for many generations or developed together with my mother. I am most proud of being able to support so many new moms around the country.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would go on long walks around the city – especially to the top of Bernal Hill, which has an amazing view of the city, or around North Beach/Russian Hill.
We would get coffee at Four Barrel in the Mission or a latte at Le Marais Bakery in the Castro.
We would hit up Shizen in the Mission for some vegan sushi or get some ice cream from Garden Creamery before going to Dolores Park for some prime people watching.
At night we would get drinks at The Knockout or go dancing at The Cat Club.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a shout-out to my mother, after whom I named the company and who is the inspiration behind the business. And my partner, Kyu, without whose support I would not have been able to run the company.
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