Everyone always asks us, “what does it take to make your fritters?” Sometimes we can give a little behind-the-scenes sneak peek, but we can’t give too much away. Our recipe is pretty top secret. But have you ever wondered what it takes to actually run the Fritter Shop? From the store to the events and markets to delivery, it can be a lot. And there’s one person who’s the face of it all…
Recognize this face?
Say hi to Kelvin, CEO and owner of the Fritter Shop, here to give you all a little rundown of a typical day running the business.
Well, it turns out there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ day for Kelvin. But let’s say it’s an average day with no markets or events, Kelvin wakes up at 5:30 AM, presses snooze until 6 AM because how does anyone just wake up right away? Then he gets out of bed and makes some breakfast before checking his schedule for the day. He gets to the bakery in St. Thomas at 7:30 AM and begins the prep, turning on the fryer, checking upcoming orders, and making a list of all the tasks he needs to complete for the day. Finally, at 8:30 AM, the bakery opens its doors for all your hungry tummies.
Around 1-1:30 PM, once the bakery work is all done, it’s break time! After showering off all the flour and sugar, Kelvin enjoys a nice lunch (and no, it doesn’t usually consist of fritters). After baking, comes the administrative work, including emails, meetings, and wait for it…
…putting the plan together for a LONDON LOCATION!! This is currently taking up most of Kelvin’s time. There’s SO much to consider like location, staffing, hours of operation, following all regulations, funding, can we even make enough fritters for another store? This list goes on and on, but they’re all exciting questions to consider!
The workday usually ends around 5:30-6:00 PM and then it’s time to kick back and relax. Kelvin plays soccer in his downtime but has a torn ligament right now. Don’t worry though – he can still make fritters! Bedtime is 10 PM and then it starts all over again the next day.
But if it’s a market day, he’s out of bed by 4 AM! (Naps are a must on these days).
I think we can agree the fritters taste that much better after finding out all the hard work put into running the business. From waking up as early as 4 AM to baking and business planning, there’s a lot more that goes into your fritters than you thought.
Now that you know, it’s time to stop by for your fritter fix!
Who’s excited about a potential London location?
Your school bag is packed, your brand-new outfit is picked out, and your lunch box is in the fridge – you’re ready for your first day back at school…
We’re nostalgic at The Fritter Shop about back to school. Whether you’re in elementary, high school, college, university or even parents sending your kids off to school, this time of year is always highly anticipated.
We always get excited and feel the buzz of back to school excitement. This is especially true since we’re on campus at Western University for their weekly market on Tuesdays and get to see all the excited faces on campus!
The nostalgia sets in as we bake our fritters in the morning and are reminded of school activities, field trips, and dare we say it recess fun!
The classic Apple fritter reminds us of school field trips on the bus to the apple orchard to pick fresh apples. The best part was eating all the fresh apples right off the tree. Plus, this is where we found our favourite apple, the Ida Red, which we use in our fritters today from a local orchard in Blenheim, Ontario!
Our Nutella and Brownie fritters remind us of sharing snacks with friends during lunch time. Can you recall the endless trades that took place with our favourite snacks (or ones mom/dad didn’t pack in our lunch boxes)? Once lunch was over, we were back in our classrooms, meeting new teachers, making new friends and if we were lucky, we left on the first day without homework!
Raise your hand if you could be found in the library with a box of brownie fritters? No judgement!
After school, snacks were the BEST! School sure does make you work up a real appetite. Our Blueberry, Peach and Raspberry fritters remind us of a platter of fresh fruit after a tiring day at school.
It may even remind us of the mix we had in our drinks when we hit Barney’s after class!
After dinner, we would all sit around the table as a family, share desserts and chat about our first day back to school. Can you guess what dessert we had?! If you guessed fritters, you were right! It was the best way to end the first day back to school, with fritters, friends, and family.
What did you or do you love most about back to school?
What do flamingos, fantastic vendors and fritters have in common?
They were spotted at The Modern Mom Show!
The Modern Mom Show is a one-of-a-kind, modern and stylish event! With ultra-trendy baby clothing, essentials for mom, on-trend home décor and treats to satisfy all your cravings, this show is, in a word, REMARKABLE!
If you have attended The Modern Mom Show or The Modern Christmas Market in the past, then you knew this show was going to be the absolute best – Instagram-worthy, on-trend décor, talented vendors, and the BEST customers! With the new location, Western Fair Agriplex, this show was even bigger and better than the last few (if that is even possible because they were phenomenal too!).
Check out the vendor list here!
The Modern Mom Show – Minimalist Palm Springs Edition was SO perfect. Here are a few of our favourite highlights from the show.
When you first walked into the Agriplex, you felt like you had been transported to a Palm Springs market! With tons of green plants, gold-framed lounge areas strung with white linen curtains, giant letter boards and pops of bright colour, the visual when you first entered was a show stopper!
Friday Night Overview
The Friday night was the Twilight, stroller free market from 6pm-10pm. The anticipation was high and the line up at the front door of the Agriplex was huge! Our booth was crazy busy, after all, it was Fritter Friday! Plus, we were beside the coffee… enough said! The perfect way to enjoy a twilight stroll – fritters and coffee in hand! We sold our last half dozen fritters on the Friday five minutes before 10:00 pm!
TMMS started on Saturday at 10:00 am! Since the day was a bit longer, we were able to walk around and see all the incredible vendors. This is our second show and it still amazes us how many talented entrepreneurs we have locally! Also, our newest fritter flavour, the s’mores, was a huge hit on the Saturday and sold out before lunch. We loved seeing photos and videos of your little’s enjoying their fritters!
Want to give our s’mores fritter a try? Order some for pick up online!
We have to say – our customers are the best, saying “Thank you” is never enough! We are so grateful for all the support. This really is an amazing community and we could not have done The Modern Mom Show without all of YOU. Thank you to each and every person who came to our booth for a fritter or two… or three boxes?
A huge thank you to those who worked tirelessly to make this event come to life. The Modern Mom Show team – you outdid yourself with this show and we are so excited to hear the next show date announcement!
Are you a mom, dad, super hip grandma or grandpa? You must check out the Modern Mom Show Vendor list. It is an incredible overview of local businesses who have adorable baby, mom and family essentials!
Did you attend? Are you as excited as we are for the next show?!
We will see you at the Christmas show, November 24 – 25! Will you be there?
London is a beautiful city, packed with hidden gems. In the summer, the forest city really lives up to its name. The forest city of Summer markets! We’re here to provide you with some great markets and events that you can purchase fritters at!
May 11: Masonville Market Opens
Come Say hello! We are open for 2018 Season!!
Photo credit: Masonville Market Facebook
When the Masonville Farmers Market opens, you know summer is on the horizon. Give the grocery store a skip and pick up some local, fresh produce in the sunshine. Find a variety of local vendors outside of Masonville Mall, every Friday from 8 am to 1 pm. (Also, we’re there. So pick up some fritters.)
May 12th: Horton Farmers’ Market
Officially open in St. Thomas!
Horton’s Farmers Market is new to us this year and is located in St. Thomas! It’s a gathering place to buy fresh, local produce, socialize and experience community, it has been a part of the St. Thomas community and local culture since 1878 (WOW!). If you’re in the area or driving through on a Saturday, come on by and say “hello!”
June 8th and 9th: The Modern Mom Show
Photo credit: The Modern Mom Show
Calling all moms and dads! The Modern Mom Show is here to provide a luxe, one-of-a-kind shopping experience for all parents. Find unique gifts, gadgets, treats, and eats at this awesome show. (Plus, we’ll be there. Selling fritters. So now you have to come).
June 19th: Western University Farmers Market
Pick up some fresh produce and locally sourced treats at the Western University Farmer’s Market. Pros: it’s easy to get to via public transport, the campus is beautiful in the summer, and we’ll be there selling you some delicious fritters.
Follow our fritter story around this Summer and keep up to date on our social media accounts!
Which market do you enjoy?