Phind out Phriday: Annie Baum- Stein of Milk & Honey
A few weeks ago one of the great entrepreneurs ranted and raved about her sugar indulgence that remains faithfully stocked at Milk and Honey, a store in West Philadelphia dedicated to selling products grown and made locally. So it didn’t take much for a girl like me with a super sweet tooth and an inquiring mind to one, get my own baked sweet treats from Milk and Honey , and two, phind out a little something about Annie Baum Stein- the owner of Milk and Honey.
Phreedum: Who are you in 5 words?
ABS: I'm a mom and business-owner.
Phreedum: What made you start Milk & Honey?
ABS: We opened Milk & Honey Market to support local farmers and food artisans AND To spare our neighbors a trip to center-city for great food.
Phreedum: How long has Milk & Honey been around?
ABS: Almost 2 years.
Phreedum: How do the products, services, and environment of Milk and Honey change the lives of others?
ABS: We do what we do to support our local economy and our local farmers. We are community oriented, employing neighborhood residents and supporting neighborhood services and interests. Whatever change we are affecting we hope it is only for the better.
Phreedum: What has been your proudest moment so far as an entrepreneur?
ABS: Kids asking their parents to stop in for a treat and a hang out in the kid’s area.
Phreedum: That definitely is pretty cool. Not many markets have an entire section dedicated to little children. So, tell me what is the most challenging aspect of being an entrepreneur?
ABS: I’d have to say managing staff. I have a great staff but that I s still one of the toughest aspects of being an entrepreneur in my opinion.
Phreedum: I can imagine that managing a staff in addition to the overall wellbeing of a business is challenging. As you meet this challenge, how do you think your staff would describe you in one word?
Phreedum: What has been the best advice you ever received regarding starting your own business?
ABS: Get all your ducks in a row BEFORE opening your doors AND if you can offer more than just local products. If you close you are not offering anything.
Phreedum: That definitely makes sense. Who would you say has been most influential l in allowing you to pursue being an entrepreneur?
ABS: My great-grandparents, grandparents, parents and husband are all entrepreneurs. I never thought of being anything else. I suppose it’s in the genes.
Phreedum: Every entrepreneur gets tired, how do you stay motivated?
ABS: Each day is a new opportunity and something different. I’m having a great time.
Phreedum: Where do you see Milk and Honey in 5 years?
ABS: Still in business and still setting out to do what we started in 2009. I am sure we will still be chugging along.
Phreedum: If Milk and Honey were a sport what would it be?
ABS: Soccer. It takes a lot of teamwork to keep it going.
For more information about Milk& Honey please visit www.milkandhoneymarket.com or stop by the store located at 45th and Baltimore Avenue and get your own treats.