Meet Anna from Mera Bites

Tell us about your business. 

We're a woman-owned business, and we know first hand what it's like for your health to get in the way of your freedom. So we set out to create whole-food ingredient treats, naturally free from gluten, grain & dairy, with additional sugar-free and vegan options. We've managed to crack the code on delicious AND healthy so these two things don't have to be exclusive of each other.

What do you love about your business and industry?

We love that people are becoming more mindful about where their food comes from, and what exactly they're putting in their body.

Tell us what inspires you. 

Compassion, kindness & mindfulness.

What advice do you have for other creatives and entrepreneurs?

It sounds cliche, but stay true to your passion and purpose. As entrepreneurs, we don't have all the answers when we start our business, and we likely will have to pivot along the way. So long as you follow your moral compass, (guided by your passion & purpose), you'll be able to find solace in the journey.

What is something surprising about you (secret talent, unexpected fact, fear, etc)? 

Since 1986, I've kept a hand-written journal, recording every single day, from the moment I wake up to the moment my head hits the pillow for the night. I can look back at any day in the past 32 years and know exactly what I did, who I saw, and what I ate.

What is the most common question you get about you and your business?

How can our cookies taste so great for being so healthy?

Tell us about your process for making and creating. 

Our name "Mera" stems from a Greek word, "Meraki." Meraki describes doing something with soul, creativity or love-- when you put "something of yourself" into what you're doing, (i.e. painting, gardening, cooking, etc). I originally made our first Paleo cookie, the Dark Chocolate Chip & Coconut, for myself because of my dietary restrictions. People loved this cookie so much, they demanded I sell it. Fast forward three-plus years, that's exactly what I'm doing. However, even upon commercializing/scaling this cookie (and the other flavors that followed), I never steered away from making our cookies with the same love and creativity I used to make my own batches back when I first started. And we've only hired bakers we believe would continue to put "meraki" into their work.

What is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped your business?

It's more valuable to get people on board with your vision versus simply enjoying a product you sell.

 

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Jessica Cohen