Every moment has an impact on the life you live; who you choose to spend time with, what you decide to eat, what time you decide to go to bed, which path you decide to pursue in college. Each decision that is made, regardless of how much thought is put behind it, will affect some part of your life. In November of 2012 when I made the trip from Orlando to Jacksonville to visit my family for Thanksgiving, one of the most important moments of my life took place. I experienced Maple Street Biscuit Company for the very first time. I ordered The Farmer and a cup of Maple Tap coffee and at the time, the only impact I saw in my near future was having to up my exercise routines for the week. I did not know that the magic of everything Maple Street is and stands for would take root in my heart and change my life forever.As someone who dreamed of making people happy and helping them to stop and smell the roses, but lacked distinct passions such as medicine or teaching, I decided to pursue a degree in business management. Throughout my time at the University of Central Florida I dreamed and prayed that one day I would have the opportunity to open my own cafe or coffee shop that I could use as a platform to serve the community. Upon graduating in 2013, I was blessed with a management opportunity with Sherwin Williams and decided to learn everything I could about running a successful business, all the while craving Maple Street’s flaky biscuits on a daily basis. It was on a whim then, on Christmas Eve of 2015,that I decided to dream a little bigger and sent a Facebook message to Maple Street begging them to come to Central Florida as soon as possible. I seriously offered to be the most loyal customer ever and (only somewhat) jokingly volunteered to run the store for them if they happened to need a leader. On December 26th I experienced my first ever Christmas miracle when they messaged me back and invited me to start the conversations of what it would mean to be a part of the Maple Street Family!The main thing that kept me focused and hopeful during that year of communicating back and forth with the founders was the encouragement from my husband Alex! He was the voice of reason pushing me to pray more and worry less as I eagerly (and not so patiently) waited to get the green light on joining the family and bringing Maple Street to Central Florida. Alex is my favorite person to share Maple Street with and we even made a point to get breakfast together at the original San Marco location the day after our wedding before we left for our honeymoon! As creatures of habit we of course got our favorites. Alex enjoyed a Sticky Maple with a sweet tea and I stuck with The Farmer and a cup of coffee, and since we no longer had to squeeze into a wedding dress or a tux we splurged and shared a plate of Hashups with Sausage Gravy! Although not planned, it seemed perfectly appropriate that the Oviedo Maple Street opened its doors to the eager and hungry community on November 10th of 2017- a day after our two year wedding anniversary! I hope that my first Maple Street “moment”five years ago can be echoed in the lives of others as we strive to live the mission of Maple Street and “help people, serve others, and be a part of the community” right here at Oviedo on the Park.
Anna’s favorite: The Farmer
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