An Even Better Alliteration...

On the morning of $5 Friday, I remained skeptical as we baked...even calling out Jeanne's baking schedule as "aggressive" and then swearing to her that we were over baking and would have tens of baby pies left on the the half off table the next morning. Except I was really wrong.  As I usually am when anticipating event turnout.

In reality, we sold HUNDREDS of baby pies on $5 Friday.  While the shelves were stocked to capacity when we opened, it was only an hour or so before we had sold out of absolutely EVERY SINGLE BABY PIE.  Katie, Andrew, Jeanne and I baked all afternoon like our lives depended on it and most people just bought whatever pies had just come out of the oven or waited on the bench for whatever was baking.  It was an experience, indeed.  A few takeaways...

  1. We were honestly shocked by how consistently busy we were all day long.  We had NO IDEA the event would get that amount of positive response.  And most everyone seemed to enjoy it and have fun with the event, trying new flavors of pie if their regular choice wasn't available.
  2. It is clear to me that our "OMG, we are so busy we can't event think" skills that we hone during the fall season have fallen lax and we have a fair amount of endurance baking training to do over the next month.  (Though, neither of us cried...even as the line snaked out the door and down the sidewalk.  We just baked and tried to have fun.  That's improvement.)
  3. It was a great opportunity to watch Andrew, Katie, and Shelby encounter their first really busy PJP event.  At one point, Andrew just looked at me and said he didn't even know what to do next.  I told him to just pick his favorite pie to make and go make it.  So he did.  While all three remarked on how crazy it all seemed, they remained completely calm.  This bodes well for Thanksgiving.
  4. That said, I did make sure to ask each of them before they left if they promised to be back tomorrow.  Thankfully, they all said they would be.  Whew...
  5. In all of the crazy of customers coming and going, it did start to significantly slow down by 3:30 or so in the afternoon and we decided to throw in the towel on baking, opting for a total PJP sell out prior to closing.  And just as we were starting to clean up, a PJP fan stopped by to let us know that her boyfriend had stopped by earlier for $5 baby pies, brought them to her at work, and while they were enjoying them together...he proposed.  We squealed with delight to be a part of such a major life milestone...and we basically almost ripped her arm off to catch a glimpse of her AAAAAHHHHHHMMMAAAZZZINNNGGG engagement ring.  A Perfect PJP Pie Proposal.  Now that is a great alliteration...
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