Gluten-Free Bakery. Her children’s celiac disease leads to starting the businessPublished: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 12:06 PM Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 4:29 PM
Editorial assistant Nariman Jiries recently interviewed Erin Gridley, who opened her bakery in February 2010...
Just the facts ...
Business: Yum Yum’s Bakery
Address: 3179 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt, in Paradise Market
Owner: Erin Gridley
Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Name: Erin Gridley
Where do you live? Liverpool
Where are you originally from? Camillus
Do you have a family? I am a single mom with four kids: two sons, William 14, Shannon, 11; two daughters, Olivia 5, Gabriella, 23 months.
Number of employees? One — me
What did you do before becoming a business owner? Stay at home mom of four.
What led you to open the business? Two of my children have celiac disease (prevents the digestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.)
How long did it take you to develop your business? Not long. It was something that I wanted to do for a long time. I already had my recipes. I didn’t start out with much, just sold my products in a market. I have been to places such as Drumlins for the nurses night-out, Natur-Tyme, Regional Market and this year I will be at the Taste of Syracuse.
In a few words, describe your business? I provide gluten-free foods to the community. Gluten-free baked goods, breads, desserts and prepared meals. I also accept special orders all week long.
How did you business get its name? I sat down with my kids, and we brainstormed on a name. My daughter would call my son Yum Yum. These are the two children with celiac, and it just seemed to fit.
What’s your favorite part of running the business?Seeing the joy in my customers’ faces when they or their children are able to enjoy delicious gluten-free treats.
What’s the hardest part? Managing, running the business and baking while taking care of four children by myself.
Describe a typical day? Very hectic; I start early with baking and taking care of my children.
Is there someone who has helped you out? My parents; they have been a huge help.
What would you do if you could spend a day alone? I don’t know, I would go out of my mind, I couldn’t even fathom that. Going to the spa sounds nice.
What’s the nicest thing a customer has said to you? I had a customer cry because she finally found a bread her daughter would eat. It is so rewarding to know you have helped someone like that.
Do you have a busiest time? The holidays.
What is the greatest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Definitely being a single mom, and trying to raise four kids.
What advice would you give someone starting out in a business like yours? I would say follow your game plan and do what you need to do to get it done and don’t allow others to change or manipulate your dreams or values.
Where do you see your business going in the future? I would like to open a gluten-free restaurant in Syracuse.
Do you have any specialty items? Sugar cookies, chocolate bomb cupcakes, Italian bread, raviolis and, of course, my signature lemon cake.