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Inspiring Conversations with Christine Bowman of Butters & Co. Bakery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Bowman.

Hi Christine, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started Butters & Co. Bakery in April 2020. I have always loved baking and being in the kitchen and starting my own business has always been a dream of mine. After I got furloughed due to Covid, I really had no excuses and decided to go for it. It has been by far the best decision I have made. I am still learning and growing but Butters & Co. has tremendously grown since April 2020.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not always been a smooth ride and still isn’t. I am currently juggling Butters & Co. Bakery along with a full-time job while still balancing a personal life. The largest struggle has been coming up with flavors and recipes that are unique and different but still delicious and appealing to my audience.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Butters & Co. Bakery is a home-based cookie business located in Downtown Columbus, Ohio. I specialize in cookies and cookie cakes. When I started my bakery, I wanted to create cookies with ingredients that people normally don’t bake with, such as herbs, spices, and floral notes. Some of my more unique flavors include basil lime, white chocolate lavender and citrus thyme.

Along with my more unique menu items, I also love creating flavors that everyone loves such as cookies & cream, salted caramel Oreo bars and giant peanut butter M&M. I think what sets me apart is my constantly changing menu. I offer seasonal and monthly flavors as well as monthly sampler boxes so my customers can try a variety without ordering a whole dozen.

I am most proud of the quality of my ingredients and my support for local Columbus businesses. My favorite Columbus business that I feature in my cookies is Watershed Distillery. We are currently featuring their Nocino (black walnut liquor) in our walnut, dark chocolate, nocino cookie.

I want my readers to know that I truly love baking and coming up with new recipes. I spend a lot of time testing new menu items and when I release a new flavor, it is something that I am very proud of and am excited to share.

In terms of my service, I would like my readers to know that I am a one woman show, that is why I can only offer my sampler boxes for pickup one day a month. I am hoping as Butters & Co. continues to grow, I can expand into delivery and even shipping.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
For those just starting out, I think it’s important to understand your strengths and weaknesses. For example, when I started out, I knew I wasn’t going to make cut-out cookies or beautifully decorated products because it is not my strong suit. I wanted to make products with interesting flavors that would excite your taste buds and hopefully take people out of their cookie “comfort zone.” It is also very important to never stop growing and learning. There is always room for improvement and growth, and I think it’s important to never settle.

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1 Comment

  1. Joe Rimelspach

    January 12, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Great interview Christine! You are an amazing baker, business person and woman. Your advise is so applicable for a business or for someones personal life. Wishing you success.

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