LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two months ago, a Hudson couple was operating a homegrown bakery out of their family kitchen. At the time, operating and maintaining a commercial business was only a dream for the couple. But now, that dream has come true.
"Everything we have right now is because of how good our customers are. We can't thank them enough for what they've done. We would not have been able to grow this fast without them," said owner, Misty Mitchell
Since August, Misty and Gary Mitchell have earned their stripes in the baking world. Now, they're calling the former "Pour House" restaurant, which is located on Raguet Street, home for their cupcake and cake business,"Biscuit Eater Bakery."
"Having a commercial kitchen opens you up to do anything; before, we were regulated on refrigeration rules and we were only allowed to cook stuff that didn't require refrigeration," Mitchell said. "But now, since we have the commercial kitchen, we can cook whatever. So we're not limited."
On top of more space, the couple said they are also getting new business.
"We're really lucky that we started from home and built up a clientele because these people are still ordering from us and telling all of their friends," Mitchell said.
One of their biggest sellers right now is Pink Champagne cupcakes, and Mitchell said the added business does add some new hours.
"Pretty much since we've opened, every Friday night we have stayed here all night. We've pretty much just stayed here all night and take naps," Mitchell said."We take the chair cushions and lay them on the floor and take a nap and get back up and start working."
Misty works full time as a teacher for Hudson Independent School District and said the scheduling can be a challenge. However, her husband works at the bakery full time.
"We've had a lot of no sleep at night. I mean, you can't gripe because you want to be busy, but we're finally starting to get into our groove," Mitchell said. "Every week it seems to get better. It's a little bit better with scheduling. It's still tough because we're still learning as we go. But, we just have the best customers ever because we're so busy and they understand we're busy."
The couple does have some helpers around the business, but for the most part, they do most of the baking and decorating themselves. Mitchell calls herself the brains and Gary, the artist.
Yet, the couple said some of their biggest obstacles are making sure they keep their product fresh, and they don't waste food.
"Before everything was made to order and now we had to figure out how to have a display and how to have it filled, and keep it filled," Mitchell said. "That was a big learning curb."
The couple said they are putting in about 100 to 200 hours of work a week at the bakery, but despite the long hours, they are excited about the success.
"It's what makes you keep doing it, even when you're frustrated and tired. At the end, when you see you helped somebody make a day special, than it's worth it still," Mitchell said.
The couple also has a side project called Pour House Events. Right now, they are renting out the outside garden and the upstairs for parties. They will also start offering adult baking classes at the end of the month.
For more information, visit pourhouseevents.com, or call (936) 645-7481. Biscuit Eater Bakery is located at 207 N. Raguet in Lufkin.