Working Women Wednesday is a weekly highlight of the hard-working women within the Girl Gang. This week’s feature is Co-Founder of Home Slice Pies, Cassy Quillin.
Your Local Girl Gang (YLGG): Tell us about your business. What is your mission statement? When did you launch?
Cassy Quillin (CQ): I own Home Slice Pies with my husband Andrew. We are a roaming pie shop, meaning we do not have a storefront. We travel around Cleveland and surrounding areas and sell our pies at local markets, events and breweries. Our flavors are nearly endless, though some of our fan favorites include salted honey, lemon chess, old fashioned pecan, apple crumble and more! We are known for our 4” mini pies, but we do plenty of full size pies as well.
We launched in October of 2018, just in time for a super hectic, but super rewarding Thanksgiving and holiday season. We have been going strong ever since! We have events and pop-ups almost every weekend and have also started catering weddings and parties. We love sharing our passion for pie with our community!
Here's our mission statement: Home Slice Pies specializes in mini and full size pies that are baked fresh daily. We focus on seasonal flavors and use local and organic ingredients to the highest degree possible. From our all-butter crusts to our fresh fillings, every piece of the pie is made from scratch, with love. Live Free & Pie Hard!
YLGG: When and how did the idea for your business come to you?
CQ: Andrew and I have always loved cooking and baking together- it's our favorite thing to do! We have known for a long time that we wanted to start up a food venture, we just didn't know what. When I was in a bad accident several years ago, I turned to pie baking as a form of healing. It's very therapeutic! Andrew joined right in and it quickly became a shared passion.
We would make pies for friends and family and pass them out at local breweries for feedback. At first, we started making mini pies because we thought their personal size would be cute and convenient - not everyone wants or needs a full-size pie all the time. Before we knew it, we had people calling to buy pies and businesses wanting to place orders. We knew we had something.
YLGG: What is the best piece of business advice you have received?
CQ: The best business/life advice I've ever received was simple, but it really resonated with me. I was sitting in beautiful Bocas del Toro, Panama, telling a young restaurant owner and new friend how much I admired the little slice of paradise he had created for himself. When I told him how I'd love to make a move like that someday he just looked at me and said, "it's only a decision," and that stuck with me. It's really become my life motto now!
Too many people have dreams that they let just stay dreams. Life is too short for that, you should be running like you’re on fire to do all the things that you want to do. Do you want to start a business? Go on a new adventure? Do it. It's only a decision away.
YLGG: What piece of advice you would give to women starting their own businesses?
CQ: Take care of yourself! Even if you have to schedule time to relax, pencil it in. Be a hardworking, badass boss lady, but take the time to catch a yoga class or grab lunch with friends. Find the balance.
YLGG: What do you like most about your workspace?
CQ: It's a cabin in the woods! Plus it's where I get to live. I love going to work/going home and feeling like I'm getting away from it all. We are right on the river and surrounded by nature, it's wonderful! It's like our own little world filled with love and pies.
YLGG: Have any mistakes shaped the way your run your business today?
CQ: When I was younger, I made the mistake of caring too much about what others thought. I would worry about all the what ifs and agonize over the possibility of failure. I am the woman I am today because I learned to let that sh*t go. It's the best gift I've ever given to myself and it’s how I am able to manage my business and personal life in such a positive and fulfilling way.
YLGG: What is something you could not go a day without?
CQ: My jams. The Home Slice cabin is loud! We bake pies and groove to John Coltrane, The Front Bottoms, Nana Grizol, Run The Jewels, the Mountain Goats, David Bowie and everything in between.
YLGG: Name a woman, past or present, who you admire.
CQ: The woman I admire most is my grandma Debbie, A.K.A. Gram. She is the woman who raised me. She has spent her life taking care of me along with dozens of other kids as an in-home daycare provider. She is one strong lady! She is the one who inspired my love of food and good home cooking. She has also been to almost ALL of our pie events since we launched last year. She is such a huge support and my best friend!