We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Polley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
By the end of my career I would like to be well known in the DFW area by brides and other wedding vendors. I do not see myself with a store front and do not intend on opening one. The wedding industry is what I aim for as my ideal clientele, so if anything I would like a cute cake studio or kitchen to work in and to visit with my brides in. I see myself having a few helping hands to deliver or handle the business side so I can focus of designing wedding cakes and building relationships with my brides.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love cake design. It is my art form and my passion (specifically modern, artsy, far from traditional looks). I like to focus on brides and making their day as custom as possible. My goal is to make each wedding cake it’s own Pinterest pin instead of pulling one that’s already made. My hope is that brides will give me creative freedom with their cakes so I can truly make it special for them. It had been a long road getting where I am today. I started at a four year University studying education and quickly discovered I was in the wrong place. I then dropped out, waited tables, went to culinary school, worked at a bakery for a year, and finally decided I could do it on my own. I was very scared to move from a full time job to pursuing my own business full fledge, but I am so glad I did. I have had to learn patience, organization, and a few tech things that I never thought I would need (like building a website). I am constantly working to build my brand and set myself apart from other bakers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Midlothian Texas and it is definitely a small town. When I do go out for fun it is most likely in Dallas. I will say, I am more of a homebody than an adventurer. I would much rather get a cup of coffee at White Rhino in Waxahachie with a friend and good conversation than go out on the town. However, some of my favorite Dallas spots would include: Drakes Hollywood, Papa Bro’s Steakhouse, and of course shopping at NorthPark.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to to recognize my parents, my amazing husband, and the rest of my family for giving me phenomenal support on my journey. I have never for a moment doubted that they have my back. When I decided to drop out of 4 year university to go to culinary school, their excitement was unmatched. They have held me up the entire way so my dreams could become a reality and I am very thankful. I would also like to thank my pastry chef instructor: Chef Alison Hodges. She was my only instructor at my time in culinary school and I adore her. She is extremely talented, hilarious, and caring with all her students. I find myself thinking of her often when I am working, and when I get stuck in an area technically I remember small tips she gave us in class. I know that if I ever need anything I can reach out to her and she will help.
Facebook: Blondie’s Bake House
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