We had the good fortune of connecting with Camille Hinkle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camille, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have always wanted to be my own boss. I guess I get that from my father who was very successful in the end but it took him a while to get there. Delving into many businesses and finally finding one that would be his bread and butter for his family. I probably never looked at it the same way as he did as I just needed a job. And I have had a great few jobs over my long years. But my passion has always been to create in some for or other. So as you create you need to have a home for all of the lovely creations, so finding an outlet for them became the goal. Do you consign? Do you craft show? Do you sell online? Well I have tried all 3 and maybe a few more. But having a small boutique has always sounded like fun. So when the opportunity presented itself, I took it.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business of crafting came about my love of all things homemade. I like to sew and crochet and dabble in acrylic paints. So I create a lot of different things it really keeps your mind active and creative. I don’t know that my creations are so much different than another person that makes what I make. I think we just find if rewarding to have created something that someone else would enjoy. I think we all take great pride in our work and craftsmanship. We all long for someone to purchase what we make. It is the greatest acknowledgement that we are accepted. In addition to my “craftiness” I have a bookkeeping background, (that was my other business a time ago” so I know how to keep a set of books, how to understand if I am making money or not. I think that is an advantage I have over others, so putting the money together with the crafting was very easy for me. I think over time because I like to dabble in so many art forms, I have gone a little overboard and have tried to reign myself back in so I am more focused on just a few things rather than conquer the crafting world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had friends visiting the city, I think some our San Diego highlights would be in order, like Balboa Park, The Zoo, I like going on the Harbor Cruise. I like checking out all of the new little restaurants popping up in downtown San Diego. I also like to just hang at home cooking a great meal with a bottle or two of some wine, and just visiting, talking and spending time with that treasured friend.
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 think I owe a shout out to my mother, the one who was my beginning teacher in learning how to sew, crochet, and knit and to cook. She dabbled in a lot of things but she was by far a great cook. And she got that from her mother and her mother in law. I guess being of Sicilian descent we like to eat. I still to this day make the things she made as we grew up. And I regret some of thing she made that I never mastered. But you cannot go back you can only move forward.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Handmade-Market-Is-Baking-Bread-102982864846614 and https://www.facebook.com/Handmademarketsd
Other: Currently my Handmade Market handmade creations are located in Grossmont Public Market, which is located in Grossmont Shopping Center, La Mesa, CA . I am renting a large space there and all of my work is on display and for sale. As for my “Handmade Market is Baking Bread” business, this business is run out of my home where I accept orders for fresh baked Home Made Bread, just go to my handy online form to place an order https://form.jotform.com/
I pretty much bake every day. Orders are prepared and the customer comes to my home to pick up their order. I am licensed with the County of San Diego under the Cottage Food Program.