Bloomfield business creates unique gift baskets
BLOOMFIELD — Baskets of all colors and sizes sat in the living room of Nichole and Jarred Weaver's home today.
The Bloomfield couple uses the containers to create one-of-a-kind gift baskets for special occasions and holidays for their business, N&J's Sweets and Treats.
Each one is arranged by Nichole Weaver, who is turning her interest in arts and crafts to a small business.
"My main thing about liking to make stuff, especially for gifts, (is) because it came from you, it came from your heart," she said.
Baskets can contain homemade chocolate molded into fun shapes like roses and daisies, which can be arranged alongside traditional candy.
Adding to the delight are items such as toy cars, balloons, stuffed animals and emojis.
The idea for the business started after Nichole Weaver made her first gift basket for her 2-year-old son, Chance, followed by a basket for her husband. After making a few more gift baskets for friends, the couple decided to open the business in their home.
"Within a month of deciding we wanted to do it, we were registered (as a business)," Jarred Weaver said about the process.
Nichole Weaver said the response has been good so far and among the popular themes are Disney characters, Monster High, Nickelodeon shows and Trolls.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, the Weavers are accepting orders for the holiday, and some gift baskets reflecting the theme of love were on display in their living room.
Another specialty item is cake pops, which are cake crumbs mixed with frosting then shaped into bite-size balls and attached to lollipop sticks.
"They love when I mess up because he gets to eat it," Nichole said about the baking process while looking toward Chance.
Prices can range from $10 to $30 and can be designed to carry a personalized theme, message or greeting card.
Delivery in Bloomfield is free while delivery to Farmington, Aztec and Blanco is $2.50, Jarred said.
Nichole Weaver added delivery to locations such as Shiprock is under consideration.
Information about the business is available on the N&J's Sweets and Treats Facebook page or on Instagram and Twitter.
For information call or text 505-360-4088 or email email@example.com.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.