Spotted: Whole Foods
Hello, friends! Happy Friday! There is no question that things have been busier than EVER over the past week, but I'm dropping in this morning just before getting back to the grind. Don't forget that the deadline for Thanksgiving Pre-Orders is TOMORROW!
It was necessary to stop and squeeze a new story into the Spotted Series today, as this one is VERY special and incredibly exciting to me. So, while the day is still calm, let's discuss the newest place(s) you can find The Pie Queen products: Whole Foods Markets in Lexington & Louisville, KY. * Eeeeek! *
This story began like many "dream" stories do: I thought mine was too big to accomplish, and that is what my Whole Foods dream was for me. Out of reach.
I told my husband, Brad, that one day I'd pursue Whole Foods. One day when I had a better kitchen, a bigger staff, and blah blah blah. You know how that goes; there was always a reason to assume it would happen sometime in the future.
Then, one afternoon the phone rang at Boyce General Store, and the caller ID said Whole Foods... WHAT? I was out of the store at the time, so Brad talked with the man and gave him my phone number. Of course, I miss his phone call, and Brad then calls me to see how things went with Whole Foods. You can imagine my sincere confusion!
I was certain my husband was joking around with me. That was until I had a voicemail notification, and sure enough, they were seeking me out. Again... WHAT!?
Come to find out, the Lexington store was getting a new location and with that, they were in search of new Kentucky-made products. In November of 2016, Brad and I found ourselves in a meeting with the bakery team in Lexington, KY. It's hard to tell here, but I was a little thrilled about that...
We loved meeting with the bakery team and everything about the experience that day. One of my favorite parts was getting to introduce The Pie Queen products to our hosts, although it never felt real at the time.
You know how sometimes you just know when you're in the right place? I had already felt that during our visit, but then a motto like this one assured my heart that Whole Foods and I were going to get along. Just fine! :)
With the intense amount of excitement, energy, and motivation that follow a meeting such as this one, it was difficult to find that it would be nine LONG months of paperwork + anxiousness until the Grand Reopening would commence. NINE months, y'all! Do you know what that does to a Pie Queen!? Although, regardless of what that time period felt like, this is still so surreal for me to log into. The wait was totally worth it.