Micah Stampley is a popular gospel artist with enduring hits such as “Worthy to be Praised,” “Love Never Fails,” and “Our God.” Heidi Stampley is known for songwriting and successfully managing his career.
Together, they established Interface Entertainment and Operation I Believe, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, launched in 2006 with platforms that include humanitarian and outreach initiatives. Actually, the duo was doing pretty well until the COVID-19 pandemic took over the country.
Like many others in the industry, the husband-and-wife team had to put concerts and live appearances on hold. But instead of lamenting their situation, the couple stepped out on faith with something completely different.
They launched Orleans Foods Ltd., which features their signature Authentic Beignet Mix and the result has been a much greater triumph than they could have ever imagined. The Authentic Beignet Mix is a traditional baking mix that can be used be used in a variety of recipes to create a dessert or breakfast treat, said Heidi.
“Customers rave about the light, airy, and angelic flavor in the mix that perfectly captures the flavor that families have loved for many generations,” she remarked about the product, which is low-calorie and contains no cholesterol or trans fat.
Clearly, the public loves the product and the Stampleys have inked a retail deal with Wayfield Supermarkets to stock the mix in the chain’s eight locations in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.
“We actually got into the food business back in 2017 with a restaurant,” explained Heidi, who said that their café, Orleans Brews and Beignets in Fayetteville, Georgia, was so admired, that the business earned The Taste of Fayette award in 2019. The café’s theme centered on the beignets.
“Then COVID hit and we ended up closing the restaurant. But, we jumped out during the pandemic and launched a brand. We took a leap of faith, and we had great feedback! It was adventurous,” Heidi said.
“There are so many things you can do with the Beignets mix. Traditionally, people just put powdered sugar on it, but we played around with and discovered that you can take the foundation of the Beignets and embellish it with all kinds of different things,” she noted.
“We even started experimenting with peach cobbler and the Beignets mix. We do a peaches and cream Beignets where we stuff them with all types of jellies and fruit toppings. We elevated it to a whole another level,” added Micah.
So, how do the Stampleys balance their food venture with their music interests? “Very strategically,” responded Micah. “We have to be very structured. I can’t accept every invitation that comes my way. I have to turn some things down. You go where you know you’re going to make the biggest impact. Sometimes it doesn’t mean [going to] the largest venue. You just have to be spirit-led and business-minded to be sure you’re making the right decision.”
Fortunately, Heidi and Micah have worked together for a long time during their 22-year union and have learned what needs to be done for a steady and stable life, both at home and on-the-job.
“We’ve been working together since 2003, so we have managed to work through a lot of kinks and be married and love each other and be best friends,” Heidi said. “It has had its challenges, but we enjoy working together.”
“We learned to wear and take off certain hats,” shared Micah. “At home, I’m the priest of my house. On the road, I’m not the manager. That’s her role. You have to know which hats to take off at different times. Sometimes we still get crossed up, but we work through them real quickly and get over it.”
A key component to making things work between them lies in their relationship with the Lord. “Faith is at the forefront of everything we do,” insisted Heidi, and Micah added, “I believe we are in this position to be an example at another level.
“I believe that kingdom people should be in this space – the marketplace – and allow God to hold you up and have an even stronger witness as Christians.”
To learn more about Orleans Foods Authentic Beignet Mix, visit https://orleansfoodsltd.com/