1) How many children do you have and what are their age(s)?
Two boys 16 months apart, Wilder age 3 and Weston age 5
2) Where did you grow up? What town do you currently live in and for how long have you lived there? What made you decide to live in that particular community?
Born in Glen Arm, MD, moved to Darlington, MD when I was 5. Currently live in Monkton, MD since 2018. We moved here to live over our bakery shop. We love being close to the country and being involved in a small community.
3) What’s your favorite family activity in Baltimore County?
4) What inspires you?
God. Exercise. Nature. Music. Granola and gruffins.
5) What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I had a professional horseback riding career before running the bakery.
6) When did you start your business, Dough Run? What has the journey been like and what would you like everyone to know about Dough Run?
September 2011. I founded Dough Run as a granola company, at the time I was living in PA where I had a full-time job and it was more of a side hobby than anything. I had a small direct customer base and 4-8 wholesale accounts through 2017. Things all changed in 2017 when my husband told me he wanted out of his job and suggested we pursue my dream of having a shop. We stumbled upon the location one day and realized the Hereford area was a great spot for a little family bakery, so we dove in headfirst with two babies. It has been a lot of work, given a very unique experience for our boys to grow up in, and overall, very rewarding. Our goal was to be part of a community and we feel we have been able to do that here. I think more than anything I would like everyone to know that Dough Run is more of a granola company than anything else. Yes, we make all kinds of baked goods, but the real passion behind it all is the granola.
7) How has the pandemic of 2020, Covid-19, impacted you, your family, and your business?
We were immediately impacted by no school and fewer employees. We had two employees that opted to stay home and with our boys being home around the clock, we found ourselves in a bit of a pickle. We pushed through, fought to stay open, and are so glad we did. The community support for our little shop has been amazing and we are so fortunate. Shortly after the pandemic started I created a fundraiser, “bars with a cause”, to help sustain the business and support local hospital/medical professionals and staff. This has been extremely rewarding to us and our customers, we’ve received handwritten thank you notes from nurses and have been very blessed to be part of helping a much greater cause.
8) What would you say to someone considering starting their own business?
Be sure you are very passionate about the product/service you will be working with! You will work harder than you have ever worked before. Be willing to handle 100% of the responsibility all the time. The reward is worth it though as long as you are willing to put in the time.
9) How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Community members utilizing word of mouth, which has resulted in a very loyal customer base.
10) Is there anything else you would like to share that was not asked?
Thank you! Honored to be asked for an interview, I wish the moms club the very best.