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Menchie's Owner, Larissa Martins, Supports Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt to Participate in Lansing Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off

Larissa Martins, owner of Menchie's
in Eastwood Towne Center
Lansing, MI — Larissa Martins, owner of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Eastwood Towne Center, is originally from Brazil and has been living in the United States for 15 years. Martins is a mother of two and up until one year ago, she was working as a part-time medical and legal interpreter.

Wanting to do something more meaningful with her life, Martins set out to be an example for her kids by pursuing her dreams of opening a business and showing her daughter that women do not only belong at home.

“In Brazil, we didn’t have the Girl Scout program so this was very new to me,” Martins said. “Girls need to have good examples in their lives. I love when my daughter can see that it’s possible to do anything.”

Cake decorator, Luna Al-Sadi, 21,
creates Thin Mint ice cream cake
Martins acknowledges that women often find it difficult to achieve work-life balance while in the workforce. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan’s Equality for Girls initiative tackles this notion. “I think the Girl Scouts do an amazing job at teaching independence and leading by example,” said Martins.

This is the second year that Menchie’s will be participating in the Lansing Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off, where local chefs will compete in creating one-of-a-kind desserts using Girl Scout cookies. Attendees will sample and vote for their favorite treats and participate in a silent and live auction hosted by Tim Bos. Other chefs competing for top votes come from restaurants including Bake N’ Cakes, Glazed and Confused and former chef/owner of Golden Harvest, Zane Vicknair, to name a few.

Al-Sadi and Martins with finished product
The proceeds will benefit Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan’s Outreach Program in Lansing, giving girls the opportunity to participate in troops where they may not normally be able to form due to lack of volunteers or financial and transportation challenges. Camp and various programs are also included, where girls can build leadership skills and experience new activities.

“Menchie’s is all about the power of generosity,” Martins said. “We love doing fundraisers, and I strongly believe in the partnership within our community.”

Martins recalls her cakes quickly defrosting during last year’s Cookie Bake-off and says she will be better prepared this year. Her last advice for girls, as a female business owner, is to persevere and always be willing to try again.

The 2017 Lansing Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off Benefit will take place on Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors. Individual tickets are $45 each and/or $325 for a table of eight. Buy tickets today!