When Andrew and Kristen Liskey returned to Kerrville, they knew they were ready to do something entrepreneurial, but their question was what and where?
The couple, parents to four- and five-year-old daughters, found it in Ingram and opened 323 Bakery about a year ago. For Andrew Liskey, working in the kitchen is something he first learned as a teenager, but now he and his wife are establishing their menus and recipes.
"I've always like making the dough part," Andrew Liskey said of his endeavor. "(Kristen) is really good at making cakes."
Iris Liskey loves her family's chocolate croissants at 323 Bakery in Ingram.
Their shop offers muffins, rolls, croissants, cookies, pies, fresh bread and an array of other baked delights. On the day The Lead visited, the gluten-free blueberry muffins stood tall. A wonderful treasure of flavor that makes it hard to differentiate between gluten and non-gluten offerings.
One of the many beautiful pastries available at 323 Bakery.
The business is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. On Saturdays, they're also selling at the Heart of the Hills Farmer's Market in Kerrville.
The Liskey's neighbor is Joanne Marie and Me Wine Boutique on Texas 39, and down the street are food trucks Que-Zeen Barbecue, Monty's Tacos and Down on the Loop Beer Garden. It's an influx of new energy in the historic shopping area.
Initially, the Liskey's first business was Kristen's part-time floral arranging. It's a business that still thrives, but for the Liskey's, their work allows them to care for their daughters — Iris, 5, and Willow, 4. Iris has a fondness for helping her parents and consuming their chocolate croissants. Willow has special needs and will require a lifetime of care, which is one reason the couple returned home to Kerrville — family support.
Willow, however, has a bright smile and loves Elsa and Anna from Disney's "Frozen." Her parents carry on their work knowing that this small business allows them two things — to care for their girls and make delicious things every day.
And don't forget about the pies made by Andrew Liskey!