Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessie Conlin.
Hi Jessie, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I always dreamed of owning my own company, but I actually created Little Lost Kitchen as a passion project/hobby. While going through some personal struggles, mostly three years of infertility, I focused on personal growth and development (both professionally and personally) to help bring myself out of the darkness. I didn’t recognize who I was anymore – I was sad and angry all the time. I knew it wasn’t my personality, but I couldn’t snap out of it. I wanted to take back control, so I landed on the idea of joining the Lake Saint Louis Farmers and Artists Market to sell fresh-baked pies and handcrafted pasta. I had tested my recipe in contests and among friends.
With an award-winning recipe, I knew the products would be a success. Luckily, I was able to conceive and have a beautiful baby girl, so I actually paused the big launch of my passion project until after the baby came! With the official launch, we sold out of all our products at the market and continued to sell out every weekend. Due to customer demand, I was almost immediately pushed into making it a legitimate business and try to plan how to grow and make more treats for our customers. I have spent the first year in business dreaming and planning for future growth. Now that I am in my second year, we have started to make some of these plans a reality and have started construction on a brand new facility. We hope to have it ready for the public by 2023.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Because the Lake Saint Louis Farmers and Artists Market at the Meadows is a huge program, I was able to get my brand in front of many people quickly. So the opportunities to make connections, along with social media, make it feel like it has been a smooth road so far. However, our challenges are not limited. Our current facility is very small, which makes it impossible to increase output. With limited resources, we struggle because we can see so much growth opportunity within our community but just can’t achieve it quite yet. Patience truly is a virtue, and we are patiently planning our next steps to allow us to do so much more.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Little Lost Kitchen is a bakery + market and specializes in pies, pasta, and more. We make all of our pies fresh, from scratch and these are our highest selling items, especially our award-winning Classic Apple Pie. Our pasta is artisanal and we love adding flavors to help elevate any dish. We also have a bakery line of hand-poured soy candles. These include scents from the bakery like roasted coffee, classic apple pie and more. Our market also includes gift boxes and corporate gifts. We offer charcuterie boxes and customized packages with snacks and treats. Don’t forget to include us for your event planning because as part of Little Lost Events, we can help provide treats for any dessert table.
As a small business, we are able to spend time with each of our customers to make sure they are getting exactly what they desire. Customer service is very important to me as the owner, and I want to ensure I can offer customized options for any customer.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Determination as a small business owner is key. It is easy to give up when you hit a wall, but being determined to push through or find a solution is necessary for success and growth. I have spent many years in a role where I saw firsthand how a lack of customer service and communication from vendors made the experience for customers difficult. Being in touch with customers and giving them the service they deserve is absolutely necessary for my business.
- Full pies range from $16-$24
- Pie Pops and Pie Pop Tarts start at $2
- Pasta is $6/lb
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.LittleLostKitchen.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/littlelostkitchen
- Facebook: facebook.com/littlelostkitchenmo
Photographers used: Tomorrow’s Wishes and Taylor Lynn Photography