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Our First Franchise Owner Who Now Owns 2 Studios
My name is Tammy Herr and I’m an owner of Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios in Cary and the recently opened Holly Springs location. I am honored to be the first Franchise and to write the first blog for Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios.
Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed cooking. Growing up in a (Polish) home with lots of homemade meals helped harness my love of cooking and baking. I have wonderful memories of my mom making homemade crepes for breakfast and rolling out dough in our kitchen, prepping for the home made pierogies. Holidays were filled with family and friends enjoying lovely home cooked meals including many Polish favorites such as pierogies, fresh noodles, egg soup, stuffed cabbage and Polish Angel Wings. The house smelled amazing!
I spent the early part of my career as a programmer with a large tech company focusing on customer service. I stopped working for a while to spend time with my children. During this time I spent a lot of time volunteering at my children’s preschool, elementary school and eventually became a substitute teacher. As my children grew I knew I wanted to continue my focus with children. It was around this time the opportunity to open the first Flour Power franchise location came along.
It’s been sprinkles and cupcakes ever since! While owning a business presents many challenges, I still find my favorite part is being at the studio with the kids. Each child brings something special and unique to the studio. From the experienced ‘junior chef’ to the child just starting to develop an interest in cooking Flour Power has something for everyone. That is the beauty of Flour Power … it provides a safe and nourishing environment for all types of children.
Charlotte Quail Corners
Our second Franchise Owner - October 2016
Besides owning Flour Power Charlotte Quail Corners, I am also mother to 3 girls—ages 12, 9, and 7. And while I get excited about watching our lil’ chefs at Flour Power cook in the Quail Corners studio kitchens, I cringe when my own girls ask to cook in our kitchen at home! I’m embarrassed to admit it—but it is true! I love to cook, mainly because I grew up being given a lot of free reign and patience in my grandmother’s kitchen, and my own kitchen at home. Some of my best childhood memories are watching my parents and grandparents cook and being allowed to experiment and cook alongside them. Logically, I know that this time in the kitchen is important for my girls—not only for memories, but also for valuable experience. We live hours away from grandparents, so my own children don’t get the same grace and experience that comes from impromptu visits to their kitchens. So, why do I cringe when my girls want to do what I encourage other children to do almost every day? The thought of the mess that I know that they’ll make, and the amount of time that I’ll need to standby to be sure no one gets hurt or nothing catches fire really stresses me out. During our MLK week “snow in”, my girls asked to do a “Chopped” challenge—“like you do at Flour Power, Mommy”. I so wanted to say no. . . but I decided to tap into the Flour Power Studio Owner spirit, exercise some patience with my own children--and I said ok. I was amazed at how well the 3 girls worked together to look through the pantry and refrigerator and come up with ideas for recipes that they could make for dinner for our family. They did research with cookbooks, they collaborated, they argued (ha-always with 3 girls!), they asked me a million questions, and they made a HUGE mess that made me want to cry. BUT—they came up with 3 recipes that were actually very tasty and they were so proud of what they had done that the mess didn’t even matter. (But, we did make them help clean up. Rule #1: If you learn to cook—you have to learn to clean.)
Prior to buying Flour Power Charlotte Quail Corners, I worked as a physical therapist for the last 22 years. Therapists are trained to create an environment for people to fail at a given task in safety, so that they can learn and grow from the experience—and get stronger. One of the things that I love about Flour Power is that we encourage hands-on learning of life skills in a fun environment. Sometimes our kid chefs are going to do well, and other times they are just going to make a mess. But, in every experience they are learning (and so much more than how to cook). Kid chefs need to be given the patience and free reign regularly to fail in safety in order to gain skills that will last a lifetime—and get stronger. Our mission is to offer that experience at Flour Power Quail Corners. And our hope is that as parents, we all learn to give our kids that experience at home.
Charlotte Rea Farms
Our Newest Franchise Owner
Rea Farms Opened June 2018