From Ballet Slippers to Banana Bread
After owning a dance studio for 12 years, I decided to hang up my tutu so I could be home with my 2 year old daughter. A year later, another daughter arrived and soon our favorite afternoon activity for the three of us was baking.
As flour flew around the kitchen, I found myself thinking of creating a new business and the answer was on the kitchen counter, the banana bread we had baked that day.
In 3 fast years we have built an incredible loyal customer base that has become part of our family. This year we increased sales by 50%, primarily through sales at 13 local farmers markets as well farm stands, specialty retail stores, florists, and other wholesale accounts.
What we learned this year...
We loved meeting our customers at the farmers markets every day.
Sales are dependent on good weather.
We do not love standing under our tent in the rain or during high winds.
We look forward to being "open" on rainy, windy and snowy days...warm and cozy from inside our new shop.
Our customers want to come to us, and have asked us for "directions" to our shop for 2 years.
How you can help us
Although we will continue to be a part of the Farmers Markets, our own storefront will allow us to work full time and offer a space where our customers can visit with us, slow down and enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake.
We have secured a wonderful location and will be operating as a retail shop soon. Funds raised by this campaign will allow us to create the kitchen space we need, purchase the oven, mixer, work tables, triple sink; as well as the services of the architect, plumbers, electicians, and carpenters. Any additional donations will enhance our retail space.
I have been employee of the month for 3 years! Supporting our small business will help our community by opening a shop where there was a vacancy before and by creating many jobs for both adults and teenagers.
Other ways to help
Please help us spread the word about this campaign.
You can help us by posting to Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Tell your family, friends, co-workers and share with thise who support small businesses.
We have 1,105 Facebook friends! If all donate $10-15.00 our goal will be reached.
Use the link form the Indiegogo share tools, this way we can see how far our campaign travels.
Polka Dot Pound Cake in the Press
Why Polka Dots?
Memories of the heavenly aromas from my Norwegian mother's baking is my inspiration. The company name and signature polka dot ribbons are a tribute to my mom, a sweet reminder of the decorative ribbons mom would sew onto the childhood dresses she made for me.