West Cobb Magazine

Downsized But Not Down – A West Cobb Gourmet Bread Business

 Jan Murphy – Down Sized and Rising  – She Now Bakes Delicious Gourmet Breads  

by Bonnie Hall

Last month, I introduced you to the Luce’s who make delicious gourmet dog  treats and this month, I going to introduce you to Jan Murphy. Jan left the work of mortgage banking and enjoys running her own small gourmet bread business. Yes, she was downszed but now her breads are rising and she is enjoying every minute of it.

 Jan Murphy is Georgia born and has been living in the West Cobb area for about twenty years. Originally from Alabama, she grew up with two southern grandmothers known for their first place prizes in caking baking. This is where she learned to bake pound cakes and quick breads.

 For years, she has been baking quick breads from scratch as gifts for her friends, co-workers and neighbors.  Prior to launching her new business, The Purple Box, she was in the mortgage banking industry for twenty-six years. She has been through several downward turns in the market before. After a recent downsizing and elimination of a department, she was laid off.  Since the mortgage banking industry has suffer a tremendous blow in the job market, Jan felt it was a good time to explore other industries.

In the nineties, Jan owned a mortgage contracting services for nine years. She excelled as an entrepreneur and decided to give baking breads a try.  After researching the local requirements for catering and baked items Jan found time in local commercial bakeries to start her business based on her family heritage. She launched her online store in early October.  All of the sales have come from the word of mouth through her various friends, family and associations such as the Marietta Business Association and Cobb Chamber of Commerce where her breads have been declared as true sweet bread heaven. 

 The Purple Box offers four bread flavors, applesauce filled with lots of cinnamon and walnuts, banana nut, lemon with a lemon glaze and chocolate which taste like a brownie.  What makes her breads so unique is they are baked fresh using only the freshest ingredients with no preservatives added.  In addition to the homemade look and taste, she packages these breads in unique gift boxes and a favorite among women is the keepsake purple gift box, but the corporate package and event catering is picking up speed in the area. She can customize orders for clients because it is not just about breads but about the expression of giving the gift.

 If you wish to learn more about this unique home based business check out Jan’s website at www.thepurplegiftbox.com or call Jan at 678-743-2578.

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