Stay-at-home mother of twins Peggy Miller wanted a business she could do at home any time of the day. She's found it in Sweet Wraps, a blend of cottage industry and virtual business.
Sweet Wraps produces personalized candy bar wrappers for all occasions. Miller, of Los Altos, started the firm six months ago, working with a friend who lives in Ohio.
The firm offers 28 standard wrappers, but can do customized wrappers as well. "We can use pictures, logos - anything that can be scanned can be done," Miller said. Wrappers are designed to promote sports teams or corporations, or to celebrate births, weddings, graduations, birthdays and other family events, she said.
They are wrapped mostly around Nestle's Crunch candy bars. "We've found those to be the best quality," Miller said.
"It's a unique way to make an announcement," she said of Sweet Wraps, "and chocolate just appeals to everybody."
Miller, who spent 14 years in employee relations before her twins' birth two years ago, got the idea from something she saw at a birthday party.
"As a stay-at-home, I wanted something to blow the cobwebs off the brain," she said, and something she could do while the twins were asleep.
Miller handles sales and marketing for Sweet Wraps. Her Ohio partner does the graphics, printing and shipping.
Miller also keeps busy writing newsletters for her mother's group and a twins club, and is involved in her daughters' preschool. "I'm one of those people who just has to be busy," she said.
Sweet Wraps range in price from $2.25 each for orders of 24-60 bars to $1.85 each for 500 or more.