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By Scott Jester, 07/6/21 6:49 AM

Many readers may remember the enormous department stores of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Large buildings with  floors for every department. Lots of space for everything.


Popular chain stores such as Texas-based Foley’s, Joske’s, Sakowitz, and the mighty Neiman Marcus each housed a floor where shoppers could have a sit-down meal in a very nice restaurant featuring such items from hamburgers to shrimp au’ gratin. For many, it was the perfect ending to a perfect shopping day.


Fast forward to 2021, where life apparently now moves at 5G speed and “we need it now” is the phrase most commonly used.


Hope and the surrounding area is in luck, however, as “Two-Crumbs” has launched a freezer-to-table enterprise in a cool little corner of Martin’s on North Hervey.


Tara Fleming and Melina Adams are the two “crumbs” behind the innovative idea which capitalizes on shoppers taking home a frozen, more-than-satisfying, restaurant-quality meal and a hand-crafted dessert which is almost too cute to eat.


Overall, the “Two-Crumbs” experience transforms that long day from the past to breezing through Martin’s name-brand clothing, footwear, home décor and more before picking up a take-and-bake meal from Two-Crumbs in a 5G flash.


Once home, unless your oven is 5G too, it’s going to take a short bit to bake as directed. But, it’s worth it.


Around February of this year, the two traded their frustrations of working from home for the stresses of starting their own business, and so far, so good, for the dynamic dough-making duo.


Already, Fleming has gotten good reviews on her own specialty Shrimp Stuffed Enchiladas.  Six corn tortillas gently filled with tender shrimp, cheeses, fresh cream, a  hint of bell peppers and onions, butter, secret spices, and a sprinkle of TLC before being hand rolled, then quick frozen, and ready for someone’s table.


Getting hungry yet? Making plans? There’s time.


It’s Adams who developed her passion for baking and all things sweet while raising her very young children at home.


“I grew up as a baby with a sweet tooth,” she said with a still child-like smile. “I was a stay-at-home mom and that’s when I started baking a lot more. I wanted to decorate my cakes, it was my creative outlet.


“My husband and family continued to encourage me to make cakes for other folks, so I started taking orders, then the Farmer’s Market, and, it really took off,” she noted.


The freezers are easy to spot inside Martin’s. Simply look to the right at about a 45-degree angle from the front door and located on a side beam is the cute “Two-Crumbs” sign with their freezers located below.


Best-sellers include homemade chicken spaghetti, tender beef tips and rice, home-style lasagna, and don’t forget those shrimp stuffed enchiladas.


Fleming also reminds that they have  Keto-friendly items such as the Chicken Burrito Bowl and Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad, keeping in step with health-conscious consumers.


“Two-Crumbs” have an ever-growing Facebook audience as word spreads about their set-up in Martin’s. There are plenty of pictures and menu options to browse online which flips the switch on how to get there and make it happen.


“Two-Crumbs” is great place to stock your freezer and pluck out a delicious meal any time of year or for a last-minute potluck dinner at the church.


They take special orders and even cater. Have a wedding to plan? “Two-Crumbs” can supply both sides of the menu. With ease.


Get to know these two young entrepreneurs and support their dreams. Martin’s, and more importantly, Hope, needs them, and more like them.


It’s not just their down-home charm, but it’s their gentle, country-stubbornness that’s likely to make this start-up stay up.


Scanning their Facebook page turned up a review from Hope Lion and popular local “influencer” Myra Prince, who approved of the enchiladas.


“The shrimp enchiladas were great,” she stated. “I picked up a few more things while I was there too.”


That’s a pretty good endorsement and advice for anyone with eyes and a taste for good food at “Two-Crumbs”.


Stop by Martin’s at 914 North Hervey and meet them in person, or call Martin’s at 870-777-2777 for more information.