San Francisco, CA
It was seven years ago at Christmas that sisters Leah and Stefanie Melnik packed boxes of Leah’s handmade treats to send to family and friends. The bars were made with wholesome ingredients and designed to give a burst of energy, and people thought they were awesome.
Leah and Stefanie worked with Urban Solutions when writing their business plan. In 2013 Awesome Bars hit a growth point and they were looking for a loan. The sisters weren’t making any progress with traditional bank loans so they asked Urban Solutions for some help. Urban Solutions put Leah and Stephanie in touch with Main Street Launch (then OBDC).
“After we went through months of getting the run around from the bank we were trying to get a loan from, working with Main Street Launch was a dream. They understood where we were coming from as a small business and knew that we needed a loan with a fast turn around time,” Stephanie said. They used their loan for working capital and purchasing equipment to improve efficiency.
Now, Awesome Bars are selling in coffee shops all the way from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles and the two sisters are excited to launch a new loose granola product. “Our motto is “you can’t fake awesome and we live by it! Stephanie said. “With our awesome team, we do everything by hand; from rolling out the batches, cutting the bars to size, and carefully packaging each bar. We put a lot of in our bars and we know you can taste it!” Main Street Launch is proud to be a part of this awesome story.