Tue. Aug 3rd, 2021

Elena and Casey Smillie, owners of The Picket Fence. Shots by Jordan Woodson

Elena and Casey Smillie have owned The Picket Fence for practically 16 many years and their enterprise is only increasing from there.

The Picket Fence defines itself as a speciality bakery that gives particular order cakes, brownies, cookies, and cupcakes among other baked products. They present lunches with their exclusive, very hot lunches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with their standard menu providing paninis, soups, sandwiches, quesadilla with cupcakes every day.

“We normally have 8-10 connoisseur cupcake flavors daily,” Elena Smillie said. “We have our crumble cups which is a chilly desert ranging anywhere from pecan cobbler to Oreo cheesecakes to banana puddlings and issues like that we usually have 12 unique flavors available every day. So all forms of good sweet treats.”

The Picket Fence has also not long ago commenced giving things to accommodate for customer’s dietary wants like diabetics, folks with celiac ailment, persons that eat a keto diet and some others desires like that.

“We do try out to hold cookies and cheesecake and all of individuals objects really glutton free, sugar cost-free and keto-helpful,” Elena claimed. “We do offer lots of of our objects on our menu that are also glutton totally free and low carb. Our consumer dependent has just grown tremendously more than the two pair months simply because folks have understood we offer you that.”

On top rated of currently being a bakery, The Picket Fence is also a complete support floral gift shop that presents new and silk floral. They also present tuxedo and wedding day rentals as effectively as assist with decorations for weddings and other occasions.

“The concept driving merging the two is that we had our Prescott spot and it didn’t have a kitchen,” Elena reported. “This making experienced the business kitchen area and the record of baked goods and foods products in here for so quite a few years. When it grew to become offered, it was a fantastic possibility to merge each. If you do birthday functions, weddings, and other activities there is usually floral, foods, decorations, desk apparel almost everything just goes together so it is like a one prevent shop.”

The Picket Fence initially opened in Prescott eight years ahead of they opened their Hope location seven yrs ago. Now, they’ve shut down their Prescott site and are only primarily based here in Hope, which is a comfort for them.

“We stayed with this area simply because we’re from Spring Hill,” Elena explained. “I’m a Spring Hill alumni and he’s a Curley Wolf and we live in this article. When this spot grew to become obtainable it just produced feeling to appear again and place one thing that’s been here with a heritage of 80 decades. The bakery element of it was the driving pressure and then we included the incredibly hot meals and lunches.”

The making they’re at the moment in has been a bakery location for just about 80 several years, acquiring been Joe Town Bakery, Hope City Bakery, and other companies as well. Even so, the Picket Fence didn’t usually have baked good alternatives.

“I’ve been a florist due to the fact I was 16,” Elena mentioned. “My mother had a store here in Hope and I have worked in Tiny Rock and in Michigan. I’ve normally been a florist, but my spouse, who’s the baker, has only been a baker for about 10 yrs.”

The bakery element of the organization came about in the course of a wedding ceremony they hosted in Maumelle about 12-14 several years back.

“We had performed all the flowers and every thing for the marriage ceremony,” Elena stated. “We have been at the reception and the cake was brought in by a premiere baker in Tiny Rock. I had carried out the topper for it and when I do that, I usually put it. When I went to do that, the cake was falling aside. There was almost nothing we could do and the bride was just heartbroken of training course. As we ended up leaving, Casey was just like ‘that’s it. We’re going to start doing wedding day cakes.’ And I claimed ‘well, I can hardly scramble an egg so you could possibly need to study how to do that.’ So he took some classes and just experienced the pure ability from cooking with his grandma a ton when he was expanding up undertaking candies and cookies and cakes and items like that. That’s pretty much where it came from: a require that our organization knew experienced to be crammed.”

Whilst Elena has been a florist all her everyday living, the strategy for the identify of “The Picket Fence” also arrived from her childhood.

“When I was minor, there was this home up on a hill and there was this white picket fence all around the whole garden and I would explain to my mother ‘I want that dwelling, I want that house,’” she said. “She was a solitary mom of three girls and she would say ‘Elena, if you want that household and you want that picket fence you’ve bought to perform tricky.’”

And that is what Elena did. She labored really hard and all these years later on she now owns that white picket fence in the sort of her and her husband’s company currently.

“It covers every thing,” she said. “It does not just limit us to bouquets, it doesn’t just restrict us to a bakery, it’s just sort of personalized factor for me. Our Prescott spot had a picket fence all all over the front of it so of class we weren’t heading to modify the title when we opened the Hope place. It’s just far more of a sentimental point for me and just sort of a tribute to my mother.”

Tough work is the backbone of the thought of “The Picket Fence” and it wouldn’t be what it is these days with out it.

“That’s why we do what we do,” Elena mentioned. “We function quite tricky mainly because we want our buyers to not have to operate to Texarkana, Small Rock or Warm Springs to try out to uncover what they’re wanting for. We try out to give as numerous economical factors that we can in just one downtown area for the community.”

The Picket Fence is situated at 200 E 2nd St in Hope and features in-retailer shopping and pickup as effectively as shipping.

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