1) Would baking have been your first career choice if this weren’t a family business?
2) Do you still have time for yourself and your family around your job?
3) What kind of hours do you work?
4) Do you have busy seasons and slow ones?
5) What’s your favorite item in your bakery?
6) How did your grandfather build up the business?
7) How do you forecast what you’re going to sell and have to make?
8) What items can you freeze or use for more than one day?
9) Would you suggest people to get into the baking business?
10) What’s your balance in the kitchen to management of the shop?
11) What’s are the pros and cons of being a baker?
12) What are the main steps to building a bakery?
13) Knowing what you know now, would you still own a bakery if you had a choice?
14) Why did you move from the Monroeville food annex?
15) Do you have kids that will help you and carry on the business?
16) What’s the best selling product that you have?
1) No, it wouldn’t have been. I went to school for accounting, but my dad got sick and I had to take over the business.
2) Yes, I have more time now for my family than I did when I was in my 20’s. When he was in his 20’s it was all about work and it was tough making time for him and a family. He was married at 24.
3) He gets to the bakery at 5:30 A.M. He has 6-8 hour days in the slower season and works 6-16 hours in the busier seasons.
4) Yes, the busy seasons are the main holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines Day, and Easter.
5) He likes the Chocolate Chip cookies, and the Cannolis.
6) His grandfather traveled around the east coast from job to job and finally settled in Pittsburgh and started his own shop.
7) All the forecasts are guestimates, and he uses records of what they made the previous weeks, as well as the time of the year. They also have days where people buy more of one item than others. For example more people buy pies when it’s raining.
8) They immediately freeze their cakes until they need it. They are also able to freeze most of their items.
9) It is tough to work in the food business and if you don’t have a passion for food or what you do then don’t do it.
10) He used t do more in the kitchen when he was younger but now that he has more workers to work for him he is 80/20 managing to working in the kitchen. He does deliver all of the cakes though himself.
11) Cons: Early hours, different shifts, long hours, weekend hours, pay might not be that good. Pros: Creativity, make people happy
12) To start a business you need to have money and the banks baking, a good location is key to success, owning your own business is also helpful, have good workers to work with, sell a quality product, and charge for a profit.
13) He would of done some things differently but yes he would still own a bakery.
14) The food annex in the mall wouldn’t work with him about the hours of operation, and it wasn’t that good of a location. The location he is at now is a better location for business and he could put what ever he wanted to in the building. The price for the building was also good.
15) His son is in law school and doesn’t plan on taking over the business but his daughter wants to help with the business and eventually take it over.
16) Cannoli and birthday cakes are the best selling products.