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Who is Christian & Idris Walker?
Through faith, love and devotion, Idris and Christian Walker are turning the art of homemade desserts into masterpieces. The creators and owners of Banana Surprise© "It’s Not Your Mommas Recipe” are making it happen in the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania. About one year into their relationship these two young entrepreneurs realized and decided that owning their own business was something they would like to do.
With Idris' creativity and Christian's business savvy, marketing mindset the two set out to conquer the world. From the start odds were against them as a lot of people doubted their success and couldn't see their vision, but their love for one another and faith in the Lord propelled them to work harder to pursue their dreams. Eager to take their ideas from paper to reality they left the corporate world to pursue their vision.
The success of their homemade product Banana Surprise©, was not only an initial surprise to the couple but has become a lucrative business that has now started to pay for itself. As any entrepreneur would hope for their business, Christian and Idris found a product that not only made money but truly made people happy. Their desire to reach as many people as possibly by sharing their love and excitement is what makes their business flourish not to mention their determination to bring forth grade A products that keep their customer's satisfied.
To the couple, Banana Surprise© is not a job but a joy the couple shares together as they feel not only blessed to be able to make such a quality product but are now afforded the ability to reach people around the world. This thought alone drives them to be the very best to strive harder to make it to the top. As relatable, sociable individuals they believe they have the qualities needed to become long lasting successful business owner.
What made you get started in your industry?
We always wanting to become entrepreneurs somehow someway we understood it would become conceivable. About one year into our relationship we realized and decided that owning our own business would be something we could achieve. It wasn't until 2015, After my husband was laid off from his job, we decided to create Banana Surprise. This recipe originated from a Homemade dessert made by Christian for holidays throughout the year. Banana Surprise became a best seller all over Philadelphia.
Walk us through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did?
Starting out a lot of people doubted us saying that we couldn’t do it because they didn’t see the vision. We didn’t have a lot of support in the beginning stages of our business but we used that as motivation to get to where we needed to be. We invested $28.00 and purchased a few ingredients for Banana Surprise and from there we hustled to get to where we are now.
We have learned in life that you have to separate yourself from people that carry negative energy. In addition to people that don’t have any dreams themselves so how can they benefit us? That’s exactly what we did. We removed ourselves from every negative source that didn’t want to see us successful. We made sacrifices, gave up our free time and became devote to our business.
What do you consider are your specialty?
Our specialty would definitely have to be our famous Banana Pudding. The creamy fluffy taste that it leaves after eating and gives every customer is priceless.
Do you see yourself making this full-time?
Yes, we definitely see this being a full-time operation soon, but until then we will keep working and investing into our business. Banana Surprise is not a task but it’s a joy that we love and we absolutely are blessed to be able to do it together.
What can we always expect from your company/brand?
You can always count on Banana Surprise to be around to meet your needs for each and every event party, weddings etc. Also, you can always look forward to that comeback taste!. Banana Surprise "It's Not Your Momma's Recipe"
In promoting our product we have realized more and more that there are many people who have not tasted Banana Pudding, which leaves us open to a great variety of customers to be intrigued by our product.
What was the best advice you every received and why?
The best advice that we were given in our endeavors as entrepreneurs Always focused on the support you have and never focus on the one's who don't support you, your Haters are your motivators.
What tips can you recommend that you’d would most likely only share with a close friend or comrade on success?
If you follow the time-trusted, proven formula of holding onto your vision and course-correcting along the way until you eventually achieve your goal, you'll nearly guarantee you'll achieve success.
Plan, Strategize Execute is the Formula to Success
What can we expect from you and your company/brand in the next 5 years?
What the world will see from Banana Surprise in the next 5 years will be a larger social media presence, we will be a worldwide shipment company, we will service grocery stores in 10 different states.
We have so much hope and confidence in our business that we know for a fact that it will grow and we will succeed. We have watched our Banana Surprise© get to a level where it needs no introduction that is out goal. It makes no sense to stop pushing our product. We love banana surprise and can't wait for you to get SURRRPPRISSSEEDDD
What do you think will be the next big change or shift in your industry?
Based off of research there are not any big changes that are currently happening.
If a young entrepreneur walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
Don't QUIT and don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do something in life.
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