We had the good fortune of connecting with Callie Limes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Callie, do you still remember your first job? What was it?
My official first job was actually quite unofficial – I got started the summer before my Freshman year of high school nannying for busy families with small children. It was a perfect gig for me. My mom was a child development scholar and I always enjoyed the exciting energy of being around kids. I was always looking for a way to be a better nanny, a better communicator, and incorporate creativity and ingenuity into playtime. Working with other people’s children is a particularly high-stakes job and it requires a level of commitment and focus that most entry-level jobs do not. It was a great intro into understanding time management, self-motivating and self-educating, three skills I will always rely on in business. A long succession of nannying gigs followed in the years to come until I transitioned into specialty retail and specialized customer service jobs. There was an organic flow to that transition and the application of the skills I had acquired in earlier job scenarios. Patience, undivided attention, creative solutions, and genuine concern are appreciated on the retail floor as much as they are in the nursery. Today, the most important part of my job is communicating our message and understanding our customers’ needs. While there are a lot of unknowns in building a small business, and the requirements upon a small team can seem enormous, it’s these very basic principles and values that guide our decision making from day to day.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We love being the first to engrave your personal message or logo on a pie and deliver it to the people you care about. We want to facilitate connections between people and groups in a way that is sweet and novel. We strive to deliver a touch of human warmth in a world that is more and more disconnected and isolating. Success has not come easily and we are constantly looking at our mission from different angles, trying to bring into modern acceptance a concept of connection that is now almost nostalgic. It’s a mission we’re committed to.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since we are based in the city of Rockdale, TX I’d like to highlight some local favorites! Brett’s BBQ is an award-winning food truck here in town or if we were in the mood for something spicier I’d suggest Banda’s Mexican Restaurant in a heartbeat. Businesses are closed for the time being, of course, but wildflowers and dewberries are ripe for picking across the whole town so a sunny afternoon forage would definitely be on the agenda. An adventurous friend might accompany my partner to the skate park or a bookish one to the library. The skies over our little town are black at night, a perfect canvas for every single star to speckle. There is no shortage of diversion in the country.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We’d love to recognize local business The Nitsche Group whose original confidence in us was essential to our foundation and growth.

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