We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Dymond and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rachel, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It has been a dream since I was little to own my own bakery. I went to College to obtain a hospitality management degree. After graduation I started working for a fast casual restaurant where I moved up rapidly to a General Manager of a store,  yet I did not feel fulfilled so I moved on to be a General Manager for a full service breakfast restaurant. Even though I fully enjoyed working for and with them, I still felt like something was missing in my life. The opportunity presented itself to manage a bakery, But knew I needed more experience to truly be successful.  The couple I worked for decided to take a different direction and offered me the assets to start my own business. It was always a dream and I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to transform my passion into a career. I knew it would be hard work but I was ready for the challenge! I had been working on recipes for a long time, and decided to incorporate some family recipes into our Pie Shop. I love pies and there was a need in the area for a good “made from scratch by hand” pie shop! I knew I also wanted to offer more than just pies, so the ideas of the other items were born. Being able to incorporate my own recipes with customer feedback has given me the freedom to add staple and seasonal items to my menu! Which is one of the many things I love about having my own bakery!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My professional Career started after I graduated from College, which was a big accomplishment in my family as no one else had graduated with a bachelor’s degree. I was then recruited to be a manager for a fast casual restaurant and worked for them for approximately five years where I worked my way up to being the general manager of my own store. Then I moved to a full service restaurant and worked as a general manager for over two years before moving to a corporate training and development position. Even though I very much enjoyed working with and for the owners of that company, the opportunity to be the operational partner for a bakery chain presented itself. It was not easy but it has been well worth the hard work to get to where I am today, living a dream! We never stop learning or making mistakes; It is important to learn from both and never stop growing! It is ok to make changes and take risks!  A wise person once said “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”. I truly believe it’s not our success that defines us but our failures and our response to them. As I began my own bakery, I knew I wanted to give the highest quality products made from real ingredients by hand, and baked daily! That is exactly what we are doing! Everything we sell is made in house by hand! Quality products and friendly service is important!

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 big fan of supporting other local businesses and think I would recommend local places. Armored coffee, Eggsquite cafe, Honis coffee house for breakfast/ coffee! Torchys tacos; Big Rays BBQ; McKinney square; the shops of Fairview, Legacy hall are all great places to visit! Hibbitts Ice cream shop in Farmersville would be a must stop for dessert!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Husband, family, and amazing hard working staff! They have all supported me and my ideas to help me be successful!Owning my own bakery was and has been a major leap of faith, I would not be as successful as I am without the blessings that God has given me and the people he has surrounded me with!

Website: Batchbakery.net/Allen

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