BUFFALO — The effort to realize a 15-year-old dream that lead a mother and daughter to begin operating a business out of their home has resulted in their opening a new restaurant in the Buffalo community.
Carla Champion and her daughter Rebekah opened “Apple Blossom Bakery & Cafe” in November, but the two actually went into business together two years ago in order to fulfill a dream of Carla’s and allow both of them to indulge their love of cooking and baking.
“It’s been about a 15-year-old bucket dream,” Carla said Monday morning as she and her daughter were preparing for another day of serving up baked goods, sandwiches, soups, pasta and salads. “I had cancer 15 years ago and I’ve always enjoyed cooking and Rebekah wanted to learn how to cook when she was five or six. So I just started teaching her and about three years ago we started talking about opening a restaurant. We talked about it for a while and prayed about it to be sure it was what we wanted to do.”
Once they were sure, Carla and Rebekah took the first step toward realizing their goal by starting their business in their home.
“We got a cottage license which allowed us to sell out of home,” Carla said. “We started that in August 2013 and we have not slowed down, we have stayed very, very busy.”
The success they enjoyed over the next two years lead to Carla and Rebekah deciding to take the next step and open a full-fledged restaurant.
“Back during the summer we decided to look into moving into a place as we were outgrowing the home,” Carla said. “Then we came and talked to Robert and Hope Small and we decided this place suited us best. Then we just opened the door.”
Apple Blossom Bakery & Cafe is located at 839 Main St., Suite D, Buffalo and is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The restaurant’s menu features the following:
This portion of the menu includes the “Apple Blossom Salad” and the “Grilled Chicken Salad.” The salad portion of the menu also comes with Thousand Island, Ranch, and French dressings.
All the pastas are served with a slice of French bread. This portion of the menu features “Buffalo Pork Chop Mac-n-Cheese,” “Grilled Chicken Alfredo,” and “Homemade Spaghetti.”
The soups portion of the menu includes “Homemade Potato Soup,” “Vegetable Beef Soup,” and “Three Bean Chili.”
The sandwiches are all served with pickles and chips. The sandwiches on the menu are “Club Sandwich,” “Grilled Cheese,” “Hot Dog Plate,” “Grilled Baloney Sandwich,” “Chicken Salad,” and “Pimento Cheese.”
There’s also a Kids’ Menu for children ages 10 and under. All of the meals on the Kids’ Menu are served with a fruit cup or chips.
The Kids’ Menu features “Kids Chicken Nugget,” “Grilled Cheese,” “Eli’s Mac-n-Cheese,” and “Grilled Chicken Tenders.”
The drinks portion of the menu includes sweet tea, unsweetened tea, water, and lemonade.
As for dessert, the menu directs customers to “visit our bakery section of a vast array of desserts and goodies.”
Carla pointed out that all of the baked goods served at Apple Blossom “are homemade and baked daily. It’s something we wanted to make sure was done. It was fresh and homemade.”
In addition to the regular menu, Carla said there’s a Sunday menu “that’s different each week. It is dine-in or take-out.”
One thing that stands out about Apple Blossom is the decor which Carla describes as “vintage” and designed to make customers feel at home.
“We change it quite frequently,” Carla said. “We want the atmosphere to be like they can come in to grandma’s house and sit and and eat and talk. We have a lot of people to do this. They come in and get a piece of cake and a coffee and just sit and talk.”
In addition to operating the restaurant itself, Carla said she and Rebekah also provide catering services.
“We can cater here or at someone else’s facility,” Carla said. “We do weddings, birthday parties, any kind of shower, and we also offer a Ladies Night Out Painting Party.”
Carla said that during the Ladies Night Out Painting Party, artist Katie Paschall, an art teacher at Union County High School, “comes in and teaches women how to paint different things. We do something different every week. We charge $25 but that includes a meal and all the supplies and there’s lot of fun.”
The Ladies Night Out Painting Party is held at the restaurant on Tuesday and Thursday, but Carla said that “we are also available to do one at a home or church. We are mobile and we will travel to them.”
Operating a successful business has enabled Carla and Rebekah to give back to the community, including for the past two years working with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Carla said that she and Rebekah feel that the success they have enjoyed obligates them to give back to the community as much as possible.
Apple Blossom is also involved with Sitton Buick in Greenville which is having a Toys for Tots Drive there this Saturday. Carla said she and Rebekah will be helping with the event.
The growth of the business has also resulted in Apple Blossom getting involved with Whistle 100. Carla said that starting January Apple Blossom will have commercials on Whistle 100 radio.
As if they weren’t busy enough, Carla and Rebekah will hold a Christmas Open House at Apple Blossom this Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. In addition to the regular items offered, Carla said there will also be Christmas gift baskets that those attending can purchase or order.
For more information about Apple Blossom Bakery & Cafe call 864-441-3453.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.