Local moms turn hobbies into businesses

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Local moms turn hobbies into businesses

Amanda Soriano is a mother of five and runs a successful floral business, Gracious Space Studios , from her home studio. Soriano brings in flowers from all over the country and provides bouquets for weddings, funerals and special events. She also offers subscription services starting at $25 a month for flower deliveries. Brittany Leetch owns and runs Moon Child Adornments , a custom jewelry business. She uses feathers, stones and rocks she finds on her hikes to make earrings and necklaces that she sells at pop-up markets and art shows. LICENSING PROCESS Caldwell’s city code requires business owners to obtain a home occupation business permit, which can be obtained by submitting an application and fee to the Planning and Zoning Department. Allowable uses include, but are not limited to, day cares, bed and breakfasts, therapy businesses, professional services and studio businesses, such as those that sell art. The city of Nampa defines home occupations as those that are compatible with residential neighborhoods in which they are located and are used to “provide supplement retirement income, juvenile self-employment, mothers who must remain at home with preschool children, etc.” FLEXIBILITY Shana Tremaine operates her baker y, Fondant Wishes and Buttercream Dreams, from her Nampa residence. About half of her family’s total income comes from her bakery business, she said. Idaho’s cottage food laws allow for sale of all sorts of baked goods — excluding carrot cakes — to customers directly , Tremaine said. Her bakery is not subject to inspections, she said, under the Idaho Food Code. FINDING THE RIGHT NAME ADVICE TO OTHERS