When I talked with her at that point, I asked her about future plans for her business. She responded, “My goal was to start a little shop where I could meet people and have regulars; a place where I could play in the kitchen. It’s tempting to fantasize where it could go.” She also admitted that it would be exciting to open a second location in either Virginia Highland or Midtown.
Bledsoe has accomplished her first goal to deveop a loyal following at her Buckhead homebase. Now she’s eyeing an expansion and hopes to open a second location before the busy pie-baking holiday season.
Today Bledsoe launches her Kickstarter campaign to raise $35,000 to open the new spot. She has yet to sign a lease on a space, considering spots in Virginia Highland, Inman Park and Decatur.
According to Bledsoe, the new location “will be all about service and creating atmosphere.” The original location will remain the production facility, while the second will have both a pastry counter and comfortable seating. She hopes to create a warmer place for people to linger over a cup of coffee and thick wedges of pie.
The Kickstarter campaign will last for 30 days and will offer rewards like pie happy hour admission, pie-baking classes, pie subscriptions, tickets to a grand opening party and private pie dinners.
Let the countdown begin!
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog