Some days, Millersville resident Andrea Galdi spends 14 hours working inside the kitchen of Edgewater's LilyRose Cakes, Cupcakes & Confections on Mayo Road.
It's a hard life, but it's a welcome change of scenery from her earlier days—filling her own kitchen full of flour, sugar and baking equipment.
Galdi spent years making her scones simply for fun and for others to enjoy in her home in Millersville.
She made them for her kids' teachers at schools in Severna Park. She made them for sick friends, or family, or for someone who needed cheering up. That’s when she realized her scone hobby could be a business one day.
“It was a total hobby but then people were like, ‘These are so good, why don’t you go into business?’” Galdi said. “The scones aren’t hard and dry. They are different because they are light and moist and they don’t need any additional cream or jams. They can stand alone.”
So in 2007, when her kids were still in school, she started selling scones made-to-order and at farmers markets.
It was during that time that Galdi met her eventual business partner.
“I was a vendor at the Fourth of July parade five years ago and I ironically met this woman Sandy Torres of LilyRose,” Galdi said. “She tasted my scones and said, ‘Some day I am going to open a bakery and you’re going to be a part of it.’”
Five years later, Torres called.
“She called me up and said, ‘Do you remember me?’ And I said of course,” Galdi said. “She told me she was opening a bakery and asked if we could meet about my scones and I said, 'How about today?' I met her that day and we started talking and we opened in November.”
LilyRose Cakes, Cupcakes & Confections opened in Edgewater just before Thanksgiving. , coffee and, of course, scones.
The whole production may have been a whirlwind in terms of turn-around time but it is something Galdi always dreamed of in the back of her mind.
“I always kind of dreamed about getting to this place but I didn’t know when or how it was going to happen,” she said. “I knew when my kids were young it wasn’t feasible, but now it was actually perfect timing. My boys are in college and my daughter is in high school. I couldn’t have done it when they were younger, but now the timing is perfect.”
Galdi has learned the challenges and demands that come with jumping into the small business world. She often finds herself working 14-hour days, but it’s the help from her family and the people around her that she says makes it all possible.
She said one day she came home to her house fully decorated for Christmas—a task completed by her teenage daughter, who was just doing her part to help out.
“To do well, you can’t do it on your own,” Galdi said. “You need help from your family and the people around you, whether that be my photographer, graphic artist or accountant—they all make me look good.”
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