So I did it. I went up, like a lone wolf, and stood before five incredibly powerful, impressive Sharks and I poured my heart on the table. I mustered up all my years of business experience paired with a lifetime of passion for dessert - and gave it my all. I knew my business, I knew my numbers, and I went in there ready to CRUSH IT. In the moments before the doors opened for me to walk towards the seated, stoic Sharks - I have NEVER, in my life, been so certain that I would pee my pants. But those doors opened, my fear melted away and I walked down the hallway as the confident woman I am. I hit my floor mark and suddenly in the (1.5 hour) blink-of-an-eye, filming was done. And it hadn’t gone like I’d envisioned. No deal, and I may or may not have started tearing up on national television. It was over. I’d blown it.
The thoughts start flying around and self doubt started creeping in like a wet blanket. No matter the reassuring words from others, the high hopes you’d set for yourself & visions of what “could have been” start to weigh you down. But then, trying to take some of my own advice-medicine, I brushed it off. I said F that - and I didn’t miss a beat. I know that this is what I’m meant to do and I set off even more determined to bring raw dough & real conversation to the Las Vegas Strip. I never paused discussions with Miracle Mile Shops (the Las Vegas storefront I was gunning for in filming!) - I continued on, knowing that if you believe in something enough you’ll attract exactly what you need, right when you need it.
Like with many times since I started this journey, I got just that. I opened an absolutely magnificent, epic, ridiculously dope (hehe) Doughp storefront right on the Las Vegas Strip, in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. It’s everything I ever dreamed of for Doughp - we’ve got our #Doughp4Hope pledge on the wall and “Raw Truth Cards” on our nostalgic high-school-bleacher seating, encouraging more real conversation while customers hang in the Doughp shop. It’s the first of it’s kind, Dough-It-Yourself bar where guest can create their perfect cookie dough flavor from a selection of toppings and sauces to be mixed on-site into a blonde cookie dough. The store, the staff, the customers - it’s everything I dreamed of. Come see us.
We’ve also gone after e-commerce, like I mentioned in the Tank! We’re shipping and bringing some joy to homes nationwide. We’ve even got a Tank-inspired flavor called, “Bite Me” - hehe. It’s a blue snickerdoodle dough with white chocolate shark teeth! Get some or give some to a loved one and order online here.
What’s next for Doughp? My answer hasn’t changed since that day with the Sharks - I’m 100% headed for world cookie dough domination. We’re spreading a message of positivity and self-love with every scoop of dough. After sharing my journey through alcohol abuse on national television, I’m blown away by the support I’ve received; including many stories about all of your personal battles & trumps. Keep it up, you are worth it. Sobriety is a gift and it is giving back to me every day.
If you’re reading this and thinking, “Damn. I wanna do that.” You’ve got that idea itching in the back of your mind? Maybe something you’ve wanted to do/build for a long time.. Go. Do. It. You’ve got one life, it’s your responsibility to live it to the fullest. Whatever is holding you back - toxic relationships, substance abuse, self doubt, whatever it is - drop it. You deserve to be so insanely happy and passionate about what you’re doing with your life. I hope I can be an example to others and remind everyone that with enough passion & handwork, the world is your bowl of cookie dough… Sounded better than oyster. :)
As a sign-off, in hopes of some of you setting off for your own entrepreneurial adventures, here are my 5 tips for crushing it as an entrepreneur / at life in general:
All of my love, and a big spoonful of cookie dough,
Founder & Fearless Leader
Get the scoop from the owner, Kelsey.
Kelsey & Doughp
The Strip Gets Raw
What's the scoop?
Doughp comes to Vegas!
Sobriety is Doughp
Meet the Doughp Squad
Mental Health @ Doughp
Kindness is DOUGHP
Off The Grid Creator
DOUGHP turns 1!
All The Feels <3
In the Fast Lane
Sky is Falling
Mac & Cheese Dough
Is this Real Life?
Corporate to Doughp