We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Katz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started thinking about my business around the time my daughter, Nola Rose, was born. She was the spark that changed my life and transitioned me into becoming a chocolatier. At that time, I was a Sous Chef at the Marine Room in La Jolla, but had a great desire to create my own business so I could have more control over my work schedule. It also allowed me to have complete control and expression of the creative process I enjoyed in the culinary field.
What should our readers know about your business?
In the very beginning I started making chocolates from my home for friends and family. I saw very soon that people were really loving them and that I had a good product. I realized how strong my belief was in my own product and decided to move forward with a business.
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?
My family lives in the Point Loma/Ocean Beach area so I’m biased and LOVE MY HOOD. When friends and family come to visit we make sure they see Sunset Cliffs, Cabrillo National Monument, Shelter Island and walk along Newport in OB. We always make sure they pick up tacos at Mitch’s Seafood, eat sushi at The Joint, get a burger at Hodads, and some fried rice and wings at OB Noodle House. We love getting drinks at places with a view–Bali Hai, Toms Hams Lighthouse and The Royal Rooster are on my tops list. When live music comes back, there’s nothing better than a night at Winstons in OB.
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 want to dedicate my shoutout to my husband Dan. I never would have been able to take that leap forward without his support the whole way through. There were so many times that I wanted to quit but he told me to keep going–if it weren’t for him there would be no business because I probably would have quit before it even began without his constant support and belief in me. Every time I told myself I couldn’t–he told me I could.