Today is my sister Shelly’s birthday…Happy Birthday Shell! Per our store policy, you get a FREE cupcake.
Although I am not going to disclose her age, suffice it to say that we’ve been together for several decades now. Although I often joke with customers that Shelly is my older sister, that simply is not the truth. My husband refers to us as “Dot and Bee”, a reference to my aunt and grandmother who lived together most of their adult life.
Shelly and I are two of six daughters born to the most amazing parents who began spending summer vacations on the shore when we were all very little. Some of our best childhood memories are at the beach so it’s a no wonder that most of us have migrated here as adults.
10 years ago I couldn’t have imagined that I would own and share a business with Shelly. She and her family made the move to the shore 13 years before. I was still living just outside of Washington, D.C. with my “brood” very content doing volunteer work and baking out of my home. Despite that, a dream developed and came true for both of us. I’m proud to say that we are still chugging along in our little all-natural bakery going on three years now.
As the title of the blog implies…It’s not all cupcakes and sprinkles! We’ve gone through our share of ups and downs. Thank God mostly ups. We’ve had differences of opinions, most settled without blood shed. We have different management styles, different talents, different weaknesses and strengths. Shelly handles “the books” since I’m a known spender. I now appropriately refer to her as the “Furor”. I handle the social media, displays and such. Her specialties include cookies and pies. My specialties include cakes, individual desserts and the like. We both specialize in everything else. Together our favorite part happens to be the people we serve and the community we do business in.
I consider myself blessed to be so close to my family…to work with and live just doors away from Shelly and her children is a gift, one that I hope never to take for granted. My sisters are beautiful, strong and talented women who also happen to be my very best friends, Shelly of course included. She has a great sense of humor and we laugh at and with each other often. Boy do we have some stories!
When/If you see Shelly today feel free to wish her a Happy Birthday…I’m wishing her loads and loads of Happiness, Love, Laughter and a lifetime of Living Well!