For twin sisters Bianca and Regina Lopez, there is a common ingredient between business success and making bread—patience. They must have tons of it, as their brainchild Miss B’s Infused Honey and Specialty Bread continuously reaches new heights, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a P5,000-loan from their parents, the twins turned their business idea into a reality. It was a good thing that they have supportive parents, says Bianca.
Pandesal was among their first products and making it available at the right time when people prefer to have it became a challenge for the sisters. Since they lack manpower, they could not have it ready in time for breakfast.
Regina shares that it was only Bianca and her who would prepare the dough and bake it. They would wake up at 4:30 AM and finish baking it at 4:00 PM.
Aside from manpower limitations, they can only accommodate a limited number of orders per day. Because of this, customers have to wait for their orders.
Big sales during the lockdown
Miss B was closed at the start of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). However, a window of opportunity opened for them when someone asked to order bread from them to give to the frontliners.
More orders came; however, it was not easy for them to get all the supplies they need since most stores are also closed and one would have to spend hours lining up in a grocery or supermarket.
More items in the menu
Miss B offers pandesal with different flavors, such as the bestseller ube pandesal, cheesy egg, chocolate, caramel, and matcha. Other items on their menu include Thousand-Gram Dirty Brownies, Basque Burnt Ricotta Cream Cheese and Cheesecake, lava cakes in three different flavors, and infused honey.
Through their journey to business success, Regina and Bianca learned three things.
“If you don’t give the dough time to rise, it wouldn’t be as delicious,” Regina shares. It took them some time to find the right recipe and to master it. They learned that rushing things would not do any good.
They also find out that they have to wear different hats, as entrepreneurs. The twins became bakers, marketers, accountants, researchers, and development engineers.
Lastly, the twins shared that no matter how it looks on the outside, one should have faith in themselves and in what they are doing.
“Trust that every step forward—or two steps back—still brings you closer to achieving your dreams,” Regina says.