This has been quite the adventure so far. Baking pies, making deliveries, catering weddings, celebrating with you all in your birthdays, graduations, promotions, grieving with you in your losses, encouraging you in your recoveries, while consistently persuading you to eat more pie.
I've been recognized as "the girl who makes pie" in a church bathroom and the local coffee shop, conquered my first official Thanksgiving as Pies + Petals, received every possible gift associated with pie (I'm not complaining), and even convinced my family and friends (thank you to these special people!) to commit to working with me in the future.
I have learned a lot, but there is still much to learn, which brings me to my next adventure: Beginning February 17th, Pies + Petals will be headed to the West Coast - To study the foundation of pastry + technique, to taste as much pie possible in the bay area, to gain perspective and inspiration for my next season as Owner and Pie Maker.
I will be studying at the San Francisco Baking institute, along with looking into local workshops and classes. I look forward to advancing my skills and creating a business plan that will not only enable Pies + Petals to succeed but also outline steps to conquer three primary goals:
1. Get a Food Truck 2. Build a Kitchen 3. Involve People
1. Food Truck: This is the dream, to own a food truck, to load up in the morning and travel into the city (Washington, DC) to sell pie by the slice, and bouquets of flowers.
2. Kitchen: An inspiring space to make sweet things, host tastings and workshops, with natural lighting, dreamy marble counter tops, and abundant amounts of 60s french pop echoing through the space.
3. Involve People. I don't want to be too transparent with my hopes for Pies + Petals, but I have very much seen the therapeutic effects of baking. I would love to host workshops for the general public, for people dealing with anxiety or loss, for victims of abuse, illness, and misfortune. There is a big concept here, one that I am prayerfully contemplating and hoping for.
I hope to keep up with this blog during my travels, and to continue to share photos of my adventures on Instagram (@piesandpetals). Pies + Petals will return sometime in the spring and continue to take future orders for larger events, weddings, and celebrations. In the meantime, remember that LeRoy French Flowers will still provide all of your flowery desires (email firstname.lastname@example.org), and please don't hesitate to send a message my way to discuss future orders or just say hello!
A million thanks to you all for following along and continuing to support Pies + Petals. See you soon!