With the love, and support of my wonderful family, friends, neighbors, "From the Kitchen of Mary" was established in August of 1983. Creating a flavorful assortment of homemade pastries, cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, pies, and candies became a daily challenge. Found at local craft shows, festivals, and fairs in the St. Louis area, the demand for quality, homemade bakery production continued to grow.
Christmas of 1984, I received orders for 30,000 Christmas cookies and pastries. With only three weeks to fill orders, I found it was necessary to work 21 hours a day, seven days a week until Christmas finally arrived.
With the demand exceeding my ability to produce, my dream was to have a commercial location with the commercial equipment and a few employees to help produce the same delicious bakery goods.
It was a warm day in June 1985, when I first set eyes on The Blue Owl Restaurant. Mrs. Lucianna Ross, the matriarch of Kimmswick, met me there to discuss the possibility of my combining an already successful home baking business with a country tearoom.