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Exploring Life & Business with Jammi Chesser of Flour Dust Delights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jammi Chesser. Them and their team share their story with us below:

It all started with a small child, a mud puddle, and her momma’s pie tins in the small town of Independence, KS. She spent long days sifting, stirring and creating masterpieces with dirt and water. She loved making “dirt yummies” to share with her older brother and sister, and her parents. Even as a little girl, she dreamed of owning a bakery someday and creating masterpieces that people would love to eat.

Once Jammi was old enough to work the oven she spent a lot of her time covered in batter and frosting instead of mud. As she continued to grow, participating in 4-H became a major focus in her life. She loved the opportunity to be part of a group and learn while competing to be the best in baking competitions. County and State Fairs became a place to hone her baking skills and expand her knowledge of the baking world.

Jammi’s life took a different path for a while and she earned a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University (2008) in graphic design while she ran the portrait photography studio she opened (2003) as a senior in high school. She worked with photography and design but her love continued to be baking and owning a bakery. A fork in the road (and a cheating ex-husband, ha) took her back to her first love and she began attending Oklahoma State University and graduated with a culinary degree. She had come home to her dream of sharing her culinary endeavors with the public.

Jammi met her husband, Justin, in 2012 while photographing a friend’s wedding–he was the only single groomsman. He introduced her to his hometown of Troy, MO, and STL, and before you know it she was moving from Oklahoma to Missouri. With the love and support of her husband and family, she started out of her house with a “cottage bakery”.

Her husband would take cupcakes into his factory job and would sell over 150 cupcakes a few times a week. Within a short time, she had built a group of faithful foodies that asked for more and more of her baked goodies. The community showed her their love and Flour Dust Delights expanded with a gourmet cupcake trailer and then evolved into a cupcake food truck and finally a professional kitchen in 2017 out of her house.

In 2019, she took the leap into a retail storefront after quitting her graphic design job. The beginning of Covid brought fears but through the dedication of her loyal customers, she stayed in business and thrived. With finding employees and the highs and lows of business ownership it hasn’t always been cupcakes and rainbows but it’s been an amazing learning and growing experience.

Jammi’s a mother of two, wife, daughter, and sister… who has the soul of an old woman! She loves to cook, sew, craft, garden, quilt, and dabble in photography! If she had a superpower it would be to bless the world with delicious baked goods but without the calories.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
After making the hard decision to quit my full-time graphic design job and try to grow the bakery even more I discovered the challenge of working with local landlords and finding affordable rent, and the city has a building zoned commercial. After 3 months we were approved to start working on getting the building ready for a bakery. The retail bakery opened in October 2019, just 6 months later Covid struck.

I have been very blessed with amazing customers since I started in 2013 out of my house. My customers rallied and insured that we stayed busy baking after a two-week shutdown. We adapted by offering a website where they could order the night before and we would box up their items for curbside pickup the next day. Honestly, this was the busiest we had been since opening and it was a true blessing.

We’ve been impressed with Flour Dust Delights, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Flour Dust Delights is a bakery located in Troy, MO that offers desserts, pastries, smoothies, and more every day we are open! We also offer custom cakes and desserts for special orders like weddings, birthdays, special occasions, or corporate events. Our goal is to treat everyone who walks in our doors like an old friend. We love our customers and many have become friends who we get to catch up with for a few minutes while they pick their treats.

Our candied pecan bread pudding, cannibal sandwiches (stuffed cookies with “raw” cookie dough), and our buttercream frosted cookies are some of the most popular items in the case. We try to bring old-fashioned treats like grandma made and some more sophisticated desserts to Lincoln County.

We deliver weddings all over from Hannibal to Hermann to The Artisan in Bloomsdale. We love to create a dessert table with the bride and groom’s favorite sweets while still offering a tiered cake to keep the moms happy!

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My mom, Leslie, allowed me the opportunity at a young age to bake and destroy her kitchen with dirty dishes! She taught me a lot of the basics of baking starting at 7 years old. She encouraged me to make my own recipes and to let my individuality shine in all that I do. There wasn’t anything creative she didn’t allow me to try my hand at no matter how long I stuck with it– from jewelry making to sewing to pottery–she never said no.

My husband, Justin, has been my biggest fan and cheerleader. He hasn’t let me give up no matter the fears and anxieties I’ve dealt with. He was there under the tent at the farmer’s markets in the beginning “yelling” at potential customers to come to try “the best cupcakes ever” while I was fine with just sitting back and not garnering any attention. Justin peddled my first 500+ cupcakes at his work until the point his co-workers started calling him Cupcake Guy.

He willingly sampled and told me what could be improved (even when I didn’t want to hear it). The bakery wouldn’t have ever gotten off the ground and certainly wouldn’t be providing for our family if it wasn’t for his encouragement and love. I still bounce ideas off him and get his opinion on almost everything we do at the bakery.

When a business has been slow or I’ve been dealing with stressful business issues he’s always there to let me cry but reminds me I’m a woman who can see this through and not going to give up with a pep talk and some hard love.

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Jess and Jenn Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Mary Muninger

    August 23, 2022 at 1:47 am

    So very proud of you Jammi you’ve worked hard and mad it happen, I just wish you were here though so we all could enjoy all your yummies!

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