YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections
Sep08

YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections

Meet one of the businesses that started with the YLNI Farmer’s Market! Lindsay Miller found her passion for baking growing up, and it has continued ever since. Today, both the market and her store, Abigail’s Confections offers from scratch baked goods and confections made with real ingredients with the help of Cherie King and her fiancé, Tyler. Many of the recipes are twists on classic family recipes to add that extra deliciousness. Despite only being a three year-old business, Lindsay is accomplishing her goal of “bringing back the way baking use to be” using fruit sauces, Graham crackers, and caramel without the preservatives. Caramel Walnut Cinnamon Rolls. Need I say more? Will also be available this Saturday at the Barr st Farmers market #freshbaked #smallbatch #madefromscratch #cinnamonrolls #caramelwalnutroll #getthemnow #bakery #dtfw #availablenow A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Jun 8, 2017 at 5:46am PDT Along with her family experience, Lindsay went to school for Hospitality Administration specializing in Baking and Pastry. During that time, she worked in restaurants and grocery store bakeries, and with the support of her fiancé and mother-in-law, began building Abigail’s Confections. The rather humorous part though, is the initial spark to create a bakery was from watching Charm City with Duff. Lindsay found it quite funny and decided to take her baking passion forward and add some decorating to it. From there, Lindsay crunched some numbers and funded her dream with…a garage sale. Knowing that a loan could be difficult to handle, Lindsay got enough money together to pay for her market space, buy a tent, and purchase enough supplies for her first day at the market. After her success at the market, Lindsay took her home kitchen to a certified commercial kitchen where she could begin selling anywhere. Eventually her success led her to opening a store front in downtown on East Wayne Street. This has enabled her to dedicate all her energy to the business. Her greatest accomplishment is getting her name on the store front! When Lindsay is not at the store, kitchen, or market she is spending time with her Tyler or 2-year-old niece. 9-1!!! #dtfw #fortwaynefarmersmarket #cookies #abigailsconfections #cinnamonrolls #markets #turnovers #rhubarb A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Jul 15, 2017 at 8:47am PDT While Lindsay has achieved many of her goals, she has learned some important lessons along the way. When you have a good month, save. The bakery food business is not consistent, so hang on to extra cash from those good months to keep you going through the off months. A bit of advice that she offers to prospective entrepreneurs is make sure...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Narwhal and the Manatee  
Jul25

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Narwhal and the Manatee  

It all started with a baby’s rash.   Megan Elizabeth Sutton was worried when her infant daughter broke out in red patches, soon realizing it was a bad case of eczema. When she began researching natural ways to make her own lotion to treat this skin condition, she didn’t realize that in a couple of years it would become a business.   Celebrating a year of business this past spring, the Narwhal and the Manatee has lined their shelves with handmade bath fizzies, soothing lotions and natural skincare products. Taking inspiration from her favorite hobby, baking, Sutton’s cupcake bath fizzies have become famous for looking so good, some have mistakenly tried to eat them!   Her team hasn’t gotten this far on their own. From the lard she sources out of Chesterton, to the beeswax and honey from New Haven, Sutton depends on regionally-sourced ingredients. Her goal this year is to focus and expand the number of small businesses that can produce the ingredients she needs.   Looking to grow her business, Sutton has also branched off into the world of private labeling. Working with many regional businesses, Sutton’s team works with a range of companies to create unique and custom skincare products that fit their customers’ needs.   Interested in visiting the Narwhal and the Manatee? Check out their shop located in the City Exchange.   Sutton spoke a little bit about entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne, here’s what she had to say.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? I have lived in Northeast Indiana for 13 years and I’ve watched this community truly believe in its potential. After going to school and participating in several volunteer organizations, I realized this is my opportunity to add to the culture of this area.   What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? My biggest challenge is in recognizing my own value. It’s easy to put a price tag on a product, but I have a hard time remembering that my time, talents and efforts are also valuable.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I got my start with the NIIC (Northeast Indiana Innovation Center). Greater Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Enterprise Association have both been very supportive and helpful. And the City Exchange made what I do a possibility by providing space for new businesses downtown.   What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Go for it. I found starting a business similar to having a baby: you’re never ready. But once you get going, you figure...

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