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Candy maker gets support from other minority-owned businesses

Carrie Abbott attributes her faith primarily to the success she has had with her factory and North Side storefront.

INDIANAPOLIS — Carrie Abbott is living the sweet life.

She owns The best chocolate in towna chocolate and candy store located at the Fashion Mall in Keystone on the north side of Indy.

Over the past 11 years, Abbott has developed his skills as a baker, confectioner and chocolate connoisseur. She now runs a factory, her storefront and sells several products online.

What she does is amazing – but the way she does it is even cooler.

She credits her success primarily to her faith, which she says motivates her.

“I just try to come from a place of gratitude. I just don’t think I was meant to do anything other than grow,” Abbott said.

The baker also says she is successful because she has a strong network and community that supports and guides her when she feels lost. This connection with other business owners drives her to ensure that she helps ease the journey for those who are just beginning their entrepreneurial journey.

“I love mentoring and working with businesses owned by women, minorities or any entrepreneur. I really love working with them, but part of the inspiration is that I know how I feel,” said said Abbott.

In his success, Abbott often spends time reflecting on his journey. She was born in South Korea and was adopted at a very young age. Abbott has spent most of her life in Indianapolis and considers herself a Hoosier in her own right. She says it took years to feel good about herself and fully embrace her Asian heritage.

“Being female and Asian in business was not something I grew up celebrating. It was more about assimilation,” Abbott said. “And now it’s so cool to see what’s happening in the community and in the nation, that it’s really something worth celebrating, and it’s something to wear up your sleeve.”

Abbott adds that in a changing nation, celebrating who you are and embracing an authentic version of yourself is the ultimate goal.

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