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Local Spoon Blossoms creator has ‘Shark Tank’ aspirations

February 7, 2019

Local Spoon Blossoms creator has ‘Shark Tank’ aspirations

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio -- She is ready to swim with the sharks.

Maureen Pelagalli Lehman, a former pastry chef and instructor who currently works full time as the student/employment liaison at Polaris Career Center, successfully navigated the waters of a Pittsburgh open casting call for the ABC reality show “Shark Tank” last March.

At that time, she touted to producers how her Spoon Blossoms Spreadable Edible Butter Petals product is unique, entirely American made and extremely marketable.

Now, her three-piece butter flower creation starter kit is available to consumers via her website (spoonblossomsshop.com) while she waits in hope of a callback to appear on the show.

“Shark Tank” interviews hundreds of innovators every year, but only a select few get the opportunity to attract one of the panel of business magnate “sharks” as an investor. If she gets the call, Lehman could be part of the show’s 11th season, which begins this fall.

“This product has been in my heart and in my mind for more than 30 years,” said the very charismatic Lehman, recalling how she began prototyping her creation in 1986. “I just took a chance when I auditioned. I need an investor to take it to the next level. If other people can do it, why not me?”

Lehman invented the patent-pending Bloom Rest and all other components of the Spoon Blossoms kit. She designed the packaging after researching cardboard box manufacturers, as well as digging deep to learn all she could about every aspect of marketing, licensing, patents and production.

The exquisite blossoms, which also can be created using cream cheese or peanut butter, continue to garner attention on “Live on Lakeside” on WKYC Channel 3, as well as on Fox8′s “New Day Cleveland,” where she has done live demonstrations numerous times.

“I am bringing a product to market that has never existed before,” Lehman explained. “If you can use a spoon, you can make a blossom. My goal is to be in everyone’s home at least one time during a year. It’s edible art.”

She expressed deep appreciation for everyone who has helped her along the way, particularly the Polaris colleagues who shared their expertise for the kit’s plastic components and website.

“I have a network of people who are givers and not takers,” she said.

“The beauty of ‘Shark Tank’ is that I can get in front of 10 million people in one night and share Spoon Blossoms with them,” Lehman added. “Trust me -- petals will fly.”

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