Meet Monique Harris from Bear and the Honey. We're so grateful she took a few minutes to answer some questions and share her story.
Monique Harris is the mastermind behind Bear and The Honey, a female-owned and operated baking business in Phoenix, AZ. Monique is known for her intricate work with pastries and all things baked-goods and she specializes in taking care of your unique custom cravings. She’s full of sweet surprises sure to tickle your taste buds and here’s what she had to say...
1. Where are you from originally?
Born in Tucson, raised in Chandler/Gilbert.
2. How did you become interested in your line of work?
I love food in general! Baking is the icing on the cake🤣! But not everyone can just go to the store and grab what they are craving. That’s why I wanted to cater to those who have sensitive bellies.
3. Do you work solo or with a team?
I worked solo for a while with occasional help from my mama. Now finally I have the best help of my dear friends Audrey and Erin Mahoney.
4. How did you get started in the wedding industry? Do you work outside of the wedding industry as well?
I was asked by a friend if I could baker her assorted cakes for her wedding and I was hooked. It was very nerve-racking as this is someone’s wedding day. One of the best days of their lives. There is no room for error in the wedding industry ha!
5. Any mottos or quotes that you live by or that guide your work?
I love learning from my mistakes. They are lessons that needed to be learned. When I train/teach someone on baking. I’m very hands off because I want them to be able to learn how to turn their mistakes into art. When people learn to shoot they miss the target because they are anticipating the shot. Take a breath and just shoot!
6. Tell us your favorite wedding day story!
Ugh I love all of the weddings we are included in! My best friend hired me for her wedding in Colorado. She flew me out with all of my equipment and she even bought equipment that she knew I’d need. She wen out of her way to make sure I was the one making her big day the sweetest day. I worked for a day and a half on their cake, donuts and cupcakes. It was the most fun because we got to do it together and best of all I got to see her Mersey her best friend.
7. What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs looking to do what you do professionally?
ASK FOR HELP! I was terrible at this and everyone will alway offer but your pride gets in the way sometimes. Always ask for help it’s a sign of strength not weakness. Plus those who support you are the ones also helping your business grow!
8. For anyone out there looking to book your services, how can they find you?
Thank you Monique!!
Risa + Jess
image credits: Eduardo Manteca, The Good Vibe Media