Since moving to California, moving Sedona Pies to success is my next step and asking for your help. As a fan, what drives you to share and tell?
I was still getting calls, like “What time are you open until?”
“We want to buy a pie, what flavors do you have?”
“Where can I get a pie?”
“We are going to Sedona in November, or I am getting married and would like to order your pies.”
All these calls and inquiries I got over the past couple of years, just made me want to re-launch. It hurt me to say, “I’m sorry I am closed.”
Like most people when you have a passion you really want to do it, sometimes money gets us stuck in moving forward. Everyday, I just do something to move myself and the pie forward to re-launch or open again.
Since being in SF, CA I’ve met a few people who are interested in buying from me – which is great! Things like permits, finding a commercial kitchen that won’t break the bank, reaching out other foodies to ask questions and be connected to what needs to be done next.
California has a home-cottage law, however since I use spirits I am unable to bake at home, besides if I really want to expand I really need to be in a commercial kitchen. This is where I got stuck the 1st time, finding one close to where I lived and reasonable in cost. I’ve connected with a couple of other Food Entrepreneurs, who have some options for me.
One thing is for sure, I wanted to stay with the ingredients, buy from local producers, suppliers, continue to make pies with flaky crusts, by not adding sugar or other sweeteners like corn syrup, using fresh fruit as much as possible. By sticking to unsweetened pies, not savory ones. There are many customers who appreciate hand-made pies, that are unique, sinfully delicious. Sticking to the same values as when I was in Sedona.
Sedona Pie Partners, I am working with right now is FoodStart, a crowdfunding platform to help me get the seed capital to launch again. I am asking you for some ideas to promote the site and get the funds.
Sedona Pies values, are people who love the pies, they are fans, some of them request to order and ship them. Sedona Pies brand value is to provide a quality, gourmet product, bake in glass pie plates – customers pay a deposit of $10 and when the pie plate or a re-order is made they’ll get a credit of $5.00 or a refund of the return of the plate. When possible as I said, support the local producers and farmers for the ingredients. Pay it Forward by giving 1% of the sales to food projects like food pantries or community gardens.
Seeking a shipper – UPS has been successful in helping many other pie companies.To use my time efficiently , companies like UPS can handle all the shipping supplies and getting the pies to their destination on-time.
We want to grow into a World Wide distribution – and I know we’ll get there.
Seeking an Intern that can help me with the marketing and the crowd-funding project. They enjoy marketing, are social or willing to learn, would like the experience and get school credits.
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