More To The Story with Staley – Local Woman Creates Seahorse Snacks, Sold in 50 States

Meet the woman who turned her medical crisis into a new business

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Three years ago, Stacy Martin found out she had a genetic predisposition to stomach cancer. An 80 percent chance she would someday come down with that deadly disease.

So, in a preventative move, she had her stomach removed. Changing everything in her life.

Martin has to eat every two hours. One of the foods she found that did the trick? Snacks. Nuts.

“I went to a farmer’s market. They were selling nuts. I ended up eating a lot of nuts. When I got back home, I started experimenting. I said…..why can’t I do this?……”

So Martin went to work. Working on flavors for almonds, cashews and pecans.

She never gave up. Trying a little of this. And a little of that.

Eventually starting her own company: Seahorse Snacks. Seahorses don’t have stomachs either.

“I started out of my house. It took me 10 recipes to get things where I wanted them to be. I have several taste testers. So they helped me get things where I wanted.”

Martin just finished up her first full year of being in business. She’s moved into a commercial kitchen. And she’s certified.

Her snacks are now sold in all 50 states.

Odds are usually against succeeding in small business. But Martin is doing it. Then again, she’s fought a much bigger battle.

“I feel I’ve already won. I’m about to celebrate my fourth birthday since they removed my stomach. So starting a new business doesn’t feel as big as that.”

The snack industry is a 43 billion dollar a year industry. Martin says she feels there’s more than enough room for her.

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Dave Staley, News 12.

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