Hi everyone! When I started writing this blog (again), there were a few things I wanted to do. Since my first pregnancy, I’ve been so curious about other mom’s experiences: how they chose their OB/GYN and what they thought of them, how they did or didn’t prepare for their births, what their hospital experience was like, what their day looks like as a SAHM or WOHM or WAHM mom, what their childcare situation is like. Part of this is because I was completely new to Western New York when I had to choose my OB. I literally picked the first OB that showed up on Google, and I ended up leaving the practice after one visit. I had a really hard time finding helpful info about providers, and stories about labor and delivery in specific hospitals. I know others are curious too, because these are often the topics that get conversations started between us as moms meeting for the first time. That’s why I’m going to be featuring a Birth Story series, and a Day in the Life series. I would love for you to share your unique experience, from natural home births to planned C-sections, and stay-at-home-moms to single parents working full time. Contact me if you’re interested!
But the other thing I wanted to do with this blog was to create a place to showcase some of the awesome places to eat, shop, and play in WNY. There are so many fantastic restaurants, independently owned stores, and places for kids to get out and move, but half the time it takes stumbling across one or a chance encounter to find out about them. Today is the first feature of my Living Local series, which will explore what WNY has to offer! Do you have a favorite locally-owned clothing line for kids? A nearby art studio that offers low-cost lessons for little ones? An outdoor space with hiking trails perfect for preschoolers? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll feature them on the blog!
But today I am so excited to introduce Alex, also known as the Blue Eyed Baker! When I thought about who to feature for the first post in this series, Alex automatically came to mind. She’s a Western New Yorker and mommy-to-be who went out on a limb and started her own business in her early twenties–phew! The Blue Eyed Baker creates some of the most beautiful and delicious cakes, pastries, and, of course, French macarons you can find. I admit I let Lily have a French macaron every Saturday morning during the East Aurora farmers market season, where the Blue Eyed Baker has a tent. So without further ado, meet the Blue Eyed Baker!
Hi Alex! Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?
I am a mama to be who owns a small bakery business. I operate out of a commercial kitchen we put in our basement, doing mostly farmers markets, weddings, and supplying desserts to restaurants. I also take on personal orders. While it can certainly be challenging at times owning your own business, I love what I do and feel very lucky to bake for a living.
Before you moved back to WNY and devoted yourself full-time to baking, you were living in California and working in a completely different field. How did you get into baking, and what made you decide to start the Blue Eyed Baker?
I was working a corporate job for 5 years and eventually moved out to California for it. I’ve always loved baking but my love really grew when I moved to LA and found myself venturing into all the beautiful pastry shops. I knew I wanted to leave the corporate world, that it just wasn’t for me. I began searching for an education in pastry and found a school that worked with my schedule, allowed me to go at night while continuing to work, and study French-style pastry. From there my love for baking took off and while studying the business of food I began creating ideas for my own business. When my now husband got into school back here in Buffalo, the time was right for us to move back and in turn I decided it was also the right time to take a leap of faith, leave my job and start my business.
What are some of your favorite events and occasions to bake for?
I love creating dessert bars for weddings and showers / parties. My favorite thing to make are my French macarons. They are decadent and its fun to get creative with flavors!
What do you get the most requests for?
Mostly French macarons! I also have a lovely following at the East Aurora farmers market.
What is your favorite thing about living in WNY?
I love that we have seasons, living in California will make you appreciate that! And the cost of living is great for raising a family. I also love the people here!
A lot of us will be celebrating our little one’s first birthdays soon. How can we reach out to you to ask about ordering a cake?
Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org … I don’t work with fondant but can certainly create a cake, smash cake, or cupcakes for the celebration!
Thanks, Alex, for being our first Living Local featured business, and congrats on your growing family!