We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Lawing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Sweet Lucy’s Pies began as a labor of love quite literally. When I became a single mother to my daughter Lucy I was determined to find a way to support her, build for my future and be present in her life. I was working at Reata Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth at the time and the hours were long and late and I was desperate to not miss out on those precious moments with her. So with a notebook of ideas and a determination to teach myself how to make homemade pies from scratch, I started Sweet Lucy’s. It began as a side hustle out of my small garage apartment but quickly gained a small, loyal following and I soon realized that I could grow my little business into a full time career. Sweet Lucy is now seven, Sweet Lucy’s Pies just turned 6 and the business continues to grow and thrive.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Looking back over the last seven years and what Sweet Lucy’s has become or yet to become (because I have big plans for the little business of mine) I am most proud of the pies. They are the star of the show and the reason people keep coming back for more. I am a self taught baker and have worked hard to perfect the art of making pie. Someone once told me to stick to doing one thing and do that thing to the best of your ability and I held on to that advice. I like to think I am the crust queen for it has taken me years to get that perfect, flaky crust. It is what makes Sweet Lucy’s so special and what we have created our brand around. Now on the business side of things, I am also a self taught business women and that my friends is no easy feat. It is the most challenging part of owning a small business and takes a lot of discipline (something I have just recently acquired) to grow. One can have the best product in the world but to understand how to successfully run your business is what makes or breaks it. So I am a work in progress on that front but I am so excited to keep on learning how to be a small business owner and see the places that Sweet Lucy’s Pies will go.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a Fort Worth girl through and through! This city is so rich in history and has some of the most fabulous places to visit and the most delicious food to eat. First we will start off the day with a visit to the Fort Worth Zoo, a favorite of Lucy’s, and head to lunch at one of the delicious restaurants on Magnolia or S. Main street. Our favorites include Shinjuku Station, Gus’ Fried Chicken (because fried chicken), Hot Box Biscuit Club, Coco Shrimp, Brix BBQ and our very favorite Ellerbe and maybe a drink on the patio at The Bearded Lady followed by a game or two at Game Theory. Desserts would be a must at Melt Ice Cream, Stir Crazy Baked Goods or our favorite Loft 22. Our next adventure would be breakfast at Dough Boy Donuts, Pearl Snap Kolaches or Funky Town Donuts (can you tell we love sweets) followed by a visit to the Botanical Gardens or the Kimbell Art Museum for the day. Dinner would follow on the patio of Central Market for live music and fresh air, plus Lucy can roam free while I enjoy myself. Downtown Fort Worth would be our next tour stop with Sundance Square or the Water Gardens. We would gaze over downtown Fort Worth on the legendary Rooftop of Reata Restaurant, eat oysters on the patio at Waters or hit one of our very favorite funky places Little Red Wasp. We might drive over for an evening cappuccino at the new Love Local Coffee Shop or Summer Moon Coffee. Our last not to miss Fort Worth favorite would be the Stock Yards, to catch the daily cattle drive and explore the history of “Cowtown”. Can’t miss the patio and famous margaritas at Joe T. Garcias. If you are feeling like you need a little exercise after all the delicious food you have eaten, Fort Worth has the beautiful Trinity river that you can bike or run along to burn off all those extra calories but if you are like me you head back to Melt for an ice cream cone and throw a blanket down for an evening picnic.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Running a business truly takes a village and the love and support of those around you. I have been so fortunate to have the most wonderful family and friends a girl could ask for. When I began Sweet Lucy’s Pies I had the honor of meeting a few spectacular ladies that really helped me grow the business. Renie Steves became my mentor and was the first person to ever order a Sweet Lucy’s Pie. She was kind enough to invite me into her home on many occasions to critique the pies and gift me some of her very own recipes. She introduced me to June Naylor and all of the wonderful ladies at 360 West Magazine who have believed in my little dream since the beginning. I also owe a huge shout out to my old Reata Manager Gigi who without hesitation stepped into action to help get Sweet Lucy’s looking a little more fancy with an awesome logo and lots of encouragement to keep moving forward. And the most important ladies in my life, my mom Gerri, who is my biggest supporter and Sweet Lucy’s social media wiz, my sister Jodi, who more often than not becomes our fearless leader and constantly pushes me to keep on going and of course my Sweet Lucy, who is my ride or die sidekick and my greatest motivation in pursing this dream.