Teri and Dan Blevins rack up a lot of walking miles on the bright pink floor of their home-based commercial kitchen in St. Albans.
In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, cupcakes and "heavenwiches" were streaming out the doors of their Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes.
A lifelong baker, Teri started the home-based business in 2010, after she placed in the top 10 in a national Duncan Hines cupcake contest for her chocolate peanut butter truffle cupcake creation.
A subsequent appearance on radio station Electric 102, where radio hosts raved about her cupcakes, sparked more interest in her baking creations.
People were beginning to ask, "How can we buy them?," Teri said.
In 2011, she quit her day job and went full time with Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes, with Dan soon joining her in the venture.
"They're gourmet cupcakes," said Dan, who handles packaging and inventory for Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes.
"I also make the buttercream," he said.
Buttercream frosting is the heavenly center of their "heavenwich" creations, which are homemade cookies with buttercream in between.
Starting Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes "was a huge leap of faith for me. It became apparent that someone, somewhere was steering me in this direction," said Teri, who has worked hard all her life, sometimes holding multiple jobs at the same time.
With permission from the City of St. Albans and the Kanawha County Health Department, Dan and Teri installed a commercial kitchen in the basement of their home. Gleaming stainless steel and bright, pink colors accentuate the busy hub of Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes.
"Everything we do is by order," Teri said, adding that customers pick up their orders by appointment to keep traffic at a minimum in their neighborhood.
"We have 10,500 'likes' on our Facebook page," Dan said.