Since last Friday's post, I have been getting many, many, many questions about my job with Sweet Note Bakery. I'm actually rather glad that people are so interested because it gives me the opportunity to feature "a day in the life" at Sweet Note and give you guys a little more of an idea of what we're all about: documentary style!
Although I do work behind the scenes and help bake the bagels, I also travel into various cities and towns in order to locate new accounts business partners. Sweet Note a not your standard "walk in, order a pastry, and leave kind of bakery." Rather, it is a wholesale company that works with other bakeries, cafes, and restaurants to sell our product!
Yesterday was my official first day of marketing.
Michelle, my partner, and I ventured into The City of Brotherly Love yesterday and tackled many, many, many great businesses (I promise we're not vicious)! It's funny, I never loved the hustle-and-bustle of major cities, but I certainly neglected that feeling yesterday. Center City gave me such an uplifting rush and made me fall head over heels in love with my hometown, Philadelphia, all over again.
It was so surreal walking the streets with the rest of the city business men and women. It made me realize that this kind of lifestyle is exactly what I want for the rest of my life and also reassured me that I made a good decision of changing my major from Biology to Business.
And on a quick little quirky side-note: can I be honest with you? When I had my business attire on (which was a sundress, dress sandals, and my favorite watch), sunglasses ready, and my iPad at hand, I felt as if I portrayed a certain kind of woman. Although I can't describe it verbally, I can describe it visually. Did you guys ever hear of Sex and the City?
Okay, so maybe they're not the greatest example, but I'm a Sex and the City girl, and I honestly couldn't help but feel like one of those ladies. Although they don't portray the ideal 'business woman,' they certainly convey the ideal city-woman/city-chick image that I'm trying to describe. Ya know what I mean?
From the moment we parked the car, until the moment we left our last prospective account, I was sure to document as much as I could while out with Michelle. I think it's safe to say that both she and I both had a little too much fun (we bond over our 'cheesy' personalities). We had to keep reminding ourselves that we were actually working and not having a girls day! We truly discovered how to have fun while at work.
First Stop: Reading Terminal Market
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Philadelphia, Reading Terminal is basically a melting pot of cuisines from all over the world that is ran by hundreds of merchants! It is truly a unique and welcoming place, especially if you are a foodie and love checking out places like this. Yesterday was the first time that Michelle ever paid a visit to Reading Terminal, and she was so overwhelmed (in a good way, of course)!
The first merchant we scoped out was Market Bakery. The booth featured Le Bus Bakery’s fresh breads, muffins, pastries, cakes, and pies. It, however, didn't have a gluten-free product! We were sure to approach them with a sample and get a contact of whom we should speak to. Market Bakery is undoubtedly a great place for our bagel.
After Reading Terminal, Michelle and I kicked off our day of sharing eats and treats with a refreshing Avocado Smoothie from Sweet Endings, a froyo bar. We didn't do any bagel sampling here. We were just in dire need of a cool drink, and our Avocado smoothie certainly did the trick! It had such a rich flavor and consistency to it. I'm hoping to someday reiterate the recipe in my own kitchen!
Next Stop: Fuel
Fuel Philly is a cafe "right out of the hills of Hollywood." It featured a menu of sandwiches and salads all made 100% organic ingredients. Want to know my favorite part? Every single menu item is under 500 calories! I love restaurants that reassure a unspoiled diet.
This cafe also featured a juice bar and coffee bar that certainly quenched my and Michelle's thirsts, again. The weather yesterday was unbelievably warm! Running around like crazy bagel ladies in the middle of a heat wave unarmed with water was not the smartest idea.
Next Stops: Saxby's, Caffeenation, and Pure FareCaffeenation's sign had us rolling. Too funny!
We made a rapid next few stops to Saxby's Coffeehouse, Caffeenation, and Pure Fare. Each prospective shop had an unmatched offering of its own and had a slightly different demographic that it reached out to. It was great that Michelle and I stumbled upon these placed because they are all great places to get our product into. None of them had a gluten-free bagel product available for sale, so we are looking forward to being the first to get Sweet Note's in there!
Next Stops: Good Karma, White Dog, and Mug Shots
We maintained our high velocity and made three more stops before calling it a day. Good Karma Cafe's (check out their delicious, vegan pastries to the left) and Mug Shots' owners were not in, but we were able to speak to awesome employees who agreed to take the sample and relay the messages to them.
Michelle and I were sure to stop, re-hydrate, and refuel at the next cafe, White Dog. Let me start by saying that their food was freakin' phenomenal! We continued our day of sharing eats with a Swiss Chard and Beet Salad appetizer and an Orange Ginger-Glazed Tofu Entree. Ugh, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Nonetheless, the head chef came out and actually sat with us to discuss the the possibility of us working with him. We all agreed that the bagel would be a great fit for White Dog!
Like I said in A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes Part 1, I am truly blessed to be working with Sweet Note. I am doing what I love. I am making food that is wholesome and nutritious and delivering it to people. I am engaging with other companies as a marketing representative and building my skills as a professional business woman would. I am helping my boss and already beloved partner, Michelle, build Sweet Note Bakery into a national company that will someday be seen in every market and pastry shop. As you all know, live by the quote "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life" (Unknown), and I find myself applying it more and more every single day. Our day of marketing was even more successful than we imagined. We are hoping that each relationship we established will set us up for so much more success in the future.
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