Aunt Flora's Cobbler Pies
Tell us about your business.Aunt Flora uses the wonderful recipes that she inherited from her Aunt Flora. Flora Saunders, better known as Aunt Flora, was the sister of the current owners grandmother. Aunt Flora was not just famous for her pancakes, as she was one of many who portrayed the famous Aunt Jemima, from the pancake box; but she could cook anything, from scratch. The owner started making pies first to raise money for medical bills. While doing so, her grandmother died and left behind some of Aunt Flora's famous recipes. The recipes were given to Flora of this century and the rest is history. Aunt Flora's is also known for its healthy soul food dinners. After an illness, Flora began to substitute healthy ingredients for the original ingredients that had been used in the past. The result, soul food even better than ever, and healthy too! Soul food (also known as "comfort food") dinners are made to order at Aunt Flora's.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.Aunt Flora's Cobbler pies is located inside a popular family owned and operated grocery chain in the greater Cincinnati area. My workspace is enclosed privately with a stainless steal baking area, which allows me to prep, bake and sell, all from one space. The atmosphere is comfortable and diverse in a lucrative shopping area.
What inspires you?My legacy; my aunt who is portrayed as the lady on the pancake box "Aunt Jemama." In addition, my granddaughter and grandson whom I was able to pour into and teach them both, the many recipes passed down since 1940, this way, the legacy will live on.
What makes your business stand out?I am the queen of cobbler pies! Individuals past and present in the same business as myself, make pastries that are considered "ordinary." Cobbler pies are extraordinary, they stand alone in a category all by themselves. I have yet to meet another individual that has taken pastries a step further than an ordinary fruit pie and created a homemade cobbler pie.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Never quit, whatever your passion that you have been blessed with, keep at it. If you know in your heart this is what you are supposed to be doing, even if it does not work out in the beginning, do not give up, there is success in the press!
What does American Made mean to you?That I achieved another goal on my bucket list; being apart of Martha Stewart's creativity and entrepreneurship. Who would not want to be represented along side one of the most successful female entrepreneurs that exist today? Furthermore, having the ability to "grow" my business via teaching individuals how to do what I do, bring a little "soul" and "flare" into the kitchen.
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