A local woman decided to start a business during what some may say are tough times-- the pandemic.
Charcuterie boards are super popular in big cities like L.A. and Chicago, but during the pandemic when many people weren’t going to restaurants, one woman decided to bring these amazing boards to customers' homes.
"I love it, I'm really passionate about it, I started doing this just for my family," said Erica Schnippel.
Schnippel says what was just a hobby has turned into a "cheesy" business.
"I would post them on Facebook showing them 'hey, this is what I just made,' and I would just get dozens of comments people saying you should start a business, asking do I sell them, can I buy that from you and I would say no and after doing a little bit of research I thought, I can do this."
Just six weeks ago, she officially launched Graze by Erica.
"Graze by Erica is a custom curated charcuterie board company based in Elkhart, but I serve all over Michiana and Michigan," said Schnippel.
The perfect platters can be customized and look like works of art delivered right to your door.
"I have four sizes-- small, medium, large and extra large and the price starts at $65 up to $250 and I also have add-ons that you can add to the board as well."
Graze by Erica has picked up a huge customer base and strong social media following which she believes is due to COVID-19.
"A lot of people feel more comfortable staying indoors and having family and friends coming to them instead of going out to restaurants or public places, so I found business has been great during this time."
Schnippel says her future is full of sweet success.
"I would love to see myself open up a store front and maybe grow this into a franchise of some sort. That would also be fun."
She says she tries to support local businesses as much as possible. Her honey and wood boards are all locally sourced and her fruits and vegetable are all from local farmer's markets.