It’s been awhile, huh?
Here’s some pictures of some really great moments the past couple of months, yes it’s mostly my kid.
A lot of you originally came here for behind the scenes update to a brick and mortar I was trying to get and I took the approach through GoFundMe but I never wanted to share the location because someone was currently occupying the space and I wanted to be respectful. While I’m totally not getting it and never will I feel the honest thing now is to share where it was. 1050 East 54th Street, I saw on the Nextdoor app the landlord responding to comments and I just reached out to her via that app and said I loved that building and if one day it became available, I’d be interested. She told me that the time was fast approaching but as you guys all publicly know now Ron of Locally Grown Gardens wasn’t aware that his lease wasn’t going to be getting renewed. I instead took the opportunity to stay at Studio C, and then when they changed their business model to one that didn’t fit me any longer, I found out that that building was already leased to someone else. I’m obviously sad and I have a lot of unfinished thoughts but this is definitely a closed door in my business. As I’ve gone through this season, I’ve realized it mentally does no good to dwell on it and I must move forward. I felt like I at least needed to close the doors with the virtual conversation posts I had with you guys as well in saying I had a space but couldn’t share it. Welp, there...all shared.
So, what now? Well like I previously mentioned, as soon as I found out Studio C was no longer a place I could stay, I made the decision with my family to move to a little larger spot as I anticipated being a home based vendor. This was honestly what I wanted when I first started Indy Dough, I just didn’t know how to accomplish it not knowing how to reach customers and understanding the differences in the cottage food law in Marion County compared to Jacksonville, which didn’t have a lot of regulations.
Some customers of Indy Dough had found my personal Instagram, so I ended up reaching out to them and created a focus group (if you will) for testing out my next steps, allowing me to figure out a process, and get my new kitchen set up in a way that works for me.
While my scale will be significantly smaller, I’ll be doing mystery boxes of pastry items porch pick up style like I did at the beginning of the pandemic. Zoë Taylor is also doing something like this on Sundays. If this is something you’re super into, follow her too! I live at Park Ave and 38th street. I’ll be putting a cap on how many boxes I can make each week, so it will still be like pop-ups in the sense of I will only be making so many. I’ll be sending ordering links through the newsletter; I plan on this being a weekly link sent, so if this isn’t something you want coming to your inbox, I’d unsubscribe. I’m hoping this will start mid June.
I’m not currently open to special orders as I want the rest of my week spent with my son and putting as much energy into prepping for weekly boxes. If I make something and have extras, I’ll post to my Instagram stories.
If you have a nut, dairy, or gluten allergy or intolerance, I’d say that these boxes are not for you. I’m so sorry and my hopes are that it won’t always be this way.
How long will it be like this? I don’t know. Basically I’ll do it until it doesn’t work and adapt to whatever comes next, but this is my current focus!
I’m open to special event pop-ups and hope to do something special for National Doughnut Day.
And hey, thanks for following along this journey. The picture for a lot of people is just how do I get Indy Dough, but obviously as the one who is Indy Dough it’s much more than that. It’s a passion, it’s an evolving dream, it’s how I contribute financially to what I hope is a lovely and sweet childhood for my son, and it’s things I want to eat. Thank you.