By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
CAMDEN — There is a story Romona Miller likes to tell about her delicious Gripps Gourmet Seasoned Butter when she was dating her husband and she tried out the spread she had been perfecting for years on him.
On a dinner date at her home, she spread her specialty season butter on vegetables and seafood and he was hooked. It was him who came up with the name “Gripps” with two ‘p’s” at the end “because it really does grip to your food.”
The rest is history and now Miller’s Gripps Gourmet spread can be found at Fayer Supermarket, Mr. Meats, Haddon Meats and the Asian Market Sun Seng. She has also pop ups at Brown’s ShopRite as she continues to expand her product line and grow her business. She was one of the nearly 70 vendors at the Black Business Expo at First Nazarene Baptist Church this past weekend.
The Romona Miller File
Name: Romona Miller
Name of Business: Gripps Gourmet LLC
Specialize in: Gourmet seasoned butter and sauces for all occasions
1. FRNJ: How did you end up attending the Black Business Expo to share the gourmet butter?
Romona Miller: Sherry Hickman, a young lady I went to school with sent me the flyer. That’s how I found out about it. If it wasn’t for that, I would not have known. We want everybody in the community to know about this gourmet butter. So that’s another reason why we are here.
2. FRNJ: When did you know this would be turned into a business?
Romona Miller: This is definitely a labor of love. The city of Camden has really been receptive. I mean, Facebook, I’m always posting pictures and I mean everybody’s talking about it. So the product is really doing well. We also ship.
3. FRNJ: What makes Gripps unique?
Romona Miller: Gripps Gourmet Butter is a one-of-a-kind butter because it is made with a unique blend of herbs and spices that has a vital ingredient base and flavoring that compliments a variety of dishes like meats, seafood, vegetables, rice, pasta and bread.
4. FRNJ: How healthy is it?
Romona Miller: Gripps has no preservatives or fillers, no cholesterol and is gluten-free.
5. FRNJ: What are some of the things Gripps can be used on?
Romona Miller (business card): Gripps can be used on crabs, lobster, shrimp, clams, scallops, chicken, pork, steak, turkey, potatoes, spinach, corn, broccoli, asparagus, greens. Cabbage, potato salad, linguine, bread, croissants, crackers. Just use Gripps on everything.
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