When Melissa Stephens was showcasing her grandmother's chocolate-covered maraschino cherries at trade shows five years ago, several customers told her she ought to be on Oprah Winfrey's television show.
“I thought, there's no way I could keep up. I (didn't) have a business. It just couldn't happen,” Stephens said. “Then her show was off the air and I thought, well, I probably missed that boat.”
Stephens has since opened her own chocolate shop, the Cordial Cherry, at 1223 S. 180th St., and her creations have captured the attention of the media mogul.
O magazine will include the Cordial Cherry's nine-piece candied Nativity scene in Oprah's 2013 List of Favorite Things, highlighted in the issue hitting newsstands Friday.
And Wednesday morning, Stephens learned that her product will be featured on the “Today” show and “another popular morning show in New York City” in segments Thursday that will highlight some products from Oprah's list.
“This is huge,” Stephens said. “It very well could be an extremely overwhelming season for us.”
Stephens said she has employees “on standby” as well as family and friends ready to help out if there is a flood of orders. The set sells for $44.95 and will be 20 percent off with a coupon code in O magazine.
“We've known about Oprah for a few weeks now, so we've been bracing ourselves for that,” she said.
Stephens is also the owner of Stories Coffeehouse in Omaha, home to several small businesses under one roof.