Recipes for SuccessAugust 21, 2010 - 10:35 AM | by: Elizabeth Prann
A delicious way to beat the heat is a gold mine for an Atlanta man. Steven Carse turned his unemployment in to a popsicle business.
“Before I did this, I was a product analyst at AIG,” Steven Carse told Fox News. “I was sitting in front of a computer working with spreadsheets and databases.”
Just months after losing his job, Carse decided he wanted to become: “The King of Pops.”
“I knew it was something that had potential but I had no idea how quickly,” he said. “It’s only been four months and we are getting press and all kinds of stuff it’s been a lot of fun.”
The 26-year old entrepreneur offers gourmet flavors such as Mexican chocolate, orange basil and pineapple ginger. His frozen treats are $2.50 a pop and they sell like hot cakes on a busy street corner just outside of downtown Atlanta. It is common for Carse to run out of flavor before the hot summer sun sets for the day.
“It’s awesome,” said first time customer Pria Faraom. “They’re pretty delicious. You can tell it’s all natural and I think it’s pretty interesting, why didn’t I think of it!”
Beverly Davis also created a tasty business when her financial situation changed. Davis had trouble keeping a job and found herself unable to make house payments on a home she purchsed in 2006. It was foreclosed on earlier this year. Davis now sells her tasty cornbread recipe to the nation from her home in Fairburn, Georgia.
“I couldn’t find a job and I realize now that was a blessing in disguise because it forced me to think creatively,” Davis said. “I feel like I could tell anybody: I know what it feels like to struggle. I know what it feels like to know that you can do better but your circumstances have you hindered; but I can say if you stick with it, faith and creativity and a lot of work will turn it around.”
Davis said she makes up to $3,000 in a weekend selling the bread but she also sells kits and recipes online. She is waiting for the bank to put her house back on the market and then she plans to buy it back.
“I made my mind up,” she said. “I’m not going to be defeated. I know this is a very unpleasant situation but every negative situation can be turned around. You just have to have the right attitude a lot of faith.”