I’m moving to Richmond!!

Yes. I’m moving to Richmond. It’s official. I’m excited. You’re wondering whatsup with Arley Cakes? I’m telling you.

Immediately:

  • I’m moving the first of June, so custom orders (birthday cakes, parties, etc) will suspend then. In the meantime, orders for May will be limited.
  • I will fulfill wedding contracts through the remainder of the year.
  • The cookie of the month club will continue through the end of the year. So if you aren’t ready to say goodbye, you can sign up here for fresh baked cookies delivered monthly!

In a more long-term view, I’m going to take a break from the cookie hustle when I move to Richmond, and won’t be pursuing baking work on my own account. Before you say “It was good while it lasted!”, “Sometimes god closes a door.”, “Well, at least you can look back on this fun season of your life.”–please understand this does not mark the end of “Arley Cakes”. I am mostly taking a step back to think strategically about how to move the business forward in a way that meets the social goals that are so important to me, while being a profitable venture, and not aging me at an alarmingly fast rate (you guys, my back is always killing me). I’ve modeled the business in a way that allows me to be flexible, so that I can adapt while learning more about all of the things it takes to run a business. Having the opportunity to pause and reflect is something that I’m really grateful for. My hope is that, after this break, I will be able to move forward with a business model that looks a lot closer to its final iteration. In the meantime, I will do the things that I love surrounding baking and serving people, and hopefully see what sticks.

I don’t think I can express how deep my gratitude is for all the support and love Charlottesville has shown me, over the past 10 years, but especially the past 2 years of this business venture. I have had many champions behind me, without whom I wouldn’t be able to so boldly pursue my passions. In particular, Jen and Harrison of Keevil & Keevil for giving me a platform to grow, the Community Investment Collaborative for giving me the tools to grow, and my good friends for giving me room to grow (particularly Amy, Caitlyn, and John, for dealing with my mess/design/website/constant questions). And the countless people I have gotten to know through business and life in Charlottesville, that have advocated for me, thank you. I love you all so much. And as excited as I am about these next chapters in my life, I’M GONNA MISS YOU.

 

 

Love,

Arley

 

On Sweet Potato Pie

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Happy Fπiday! I wrote a blog post about baking at Brookville over on their website. Sure, it’s about pie, but it’s also about two of my other favorite things: being black + feelings. So next time you’re looking to get a little sappy about butter, give it a read!

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Sweet Potato Pie slice

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If you'd like to get in touch with me to talk cake, cheese, or your best dad jokes, write me a note below! * * (PLEASE NOTE: I have relocated to Richmond, and am currently not taking new orders. But if you'd like to stay up to date on what my next move is, shoot me an email below, and I'll add you to my emailing list. Cheers!)