We had the good fortune of connecting with Halie Reeves and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Halie, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Today, I am as happy as a bird with a french fry.”
It’s a silly quote, but it’s one I have always loved. it reminds me of when I first started baking, when there was no Bop. All I had was my pinterest page, an ancient kitchen aid mixer, and a soul eager to conquer the perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies.. I’d spend hours in the kitchen making messes left and right, tweaking this, adding more of that. It was a simple, pure joy that made my heart full. Those moments were enough for me. I didn’t need a following, I wasn’t interested in building a business. I didn’t want any of it. All I wanted was to make cookies. So when I think of this little french fry eating bird, I can’t help but think of little 16 year old me baking up a storm knowing this simple joy was enough.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Baking is my creative outlet and my form of art. More specifically, I create custom cookies and cakes for life events. I have to say, this form of art was not something I was naturally good at. While baking was something I could honestly do pretty well from a young age, decorating a cookie or cake was a different story. I first saw royal iced cookies while scrolling pinterest one day and I got the desire to try to make them. They were garbage. Like they were so bad I don’t think I even took a photo of them I was so mortified. But I kept pushing myself. Kept working on different cookie sets. I watched youtube videos and read blogs from other cookiers to learn different icing consistencies and methods. I spent my days teaching middle school home economics and worked on my sugar cookie and cake recipes by nights. I was exhausted most days, but I kept working at it because I loved it. Then, one day as I was sitting at my desk at school, I made an instagram page and announced I was starting my little home based business. Bop was born. I even think I bribed my students to follow me and I would give them extra credit. Eventually I quit my teaching job and pursued my business full time. My little hobby turned into my dream job.
As my baking journey continues, I have hit too many bumps in the road, my biggest one being moving from Indianapolis to Scottsdale for my partner’s job. There are obviously no regrets as I am loving the change of scenery, but it did make me sad leaving my people and my little business behind. So now, I am working on building it all back up again. I’m back in the classroom and taking orders whenever I can. I almost feel like I’m back where I started. It’s exciting in a way, but also discouraging at times. However, if there is one thing people should know about me is, it’s that I don’t give up and I make my dreams come true.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would start every morning with a local coffee shop because life can’t happen without a good cup of coffee and a morning walk with my pup to enjoy the cool fall desert mornings. My best friends are from the midwest so they have no idea what it feels like to not freeze their butts off in December. I’d probably take them to Sip, Provision, Lola’s, Cartel Roasting Co. and a few others
We would brunch in old town, checking out Jojo’s Coffeehouse. Explore the quirky art galleries old town has to offer, maybe checkout what the exhibit is at Wonderspaces. Then eventually make our way over to wine girl for evening drinks. We’d have to eat at The Mission too…I love how this restaurant is in a church.
Saturday morning would be dedicated to farmer’s markets around the valley (my favorite being downtown Phoenix…we’d get to check out Sidewalk Saturday too and enjoy a morning yoga session in churchill. I love it in this area. Everyone feels so “cool” and my friends would love being able to support local artists.
We would travel to Gilbert check out down town gilbert because it’s too cute of a little “western” town feel not too and then venture over Agritopia Farm Joe’s farm grill & then grab a drink at either the wine bar or brewery.
I think we would have to go to Flag, just so they can see Arizona isn’t all desert. We’d hike during the day, explore downtown, eat at diablo burger, and do a brewery hop around the city.
I can’t not take them to Sedona- maybe get our palms read just for fun. Hike devils back because they’ll want the gram picture, but I also want them to see how beautiful the red rock is.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mama bear. She is the one who taught me everything I know & encourages me every day to continuously build the life that makes me happy.
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