by Terry Rogers
Angie Robles and her sister, Rous, recently settled on a plot of land at the corner of South Walnut Street and Southwest Second Street. The sisters, owners of My Sister’s Fault, are hoping to construct a new bakery and restaurant on the property which was formally the location of Warren Furniture, destroyed by fire in 2012.
“We just settled on the land on Wednesday and we were able to pay cash for it,” Angie said. “We knew the land was for sale and we saw an opportunity. We have been kind of secretive not because we wanted to be mysterious but because we needed to have a survey done to determine if we could have the entire parcel or just a portion. Once we found it we could have the entire parcel, we were ready to make it happen.”
Right now, the sisters do not have any plans for the new building. They plan to reach out to Lang Redden at Archology Architects to begin drafting their dream building but realize they will be limited in what they can do based on finances.
“We want to add more comfortable seating but still keep that community feel,” Angie said. “We want to keep an entrance close to the parking lot which means we may need to add two entrances. We must have a walk-in freezer and walk-in refrigerator. We have also added $38,000 of new equipment just this year, so that all needs to fit in there. We just don’t know yet what we can afford based on our budget. I can dream of having a big house with a big pool, but that does not mean I will ever get it.”
The sisters were able to purchase the land without having face-to-face contact with the seller or the bank. Since it was a cash transaction, everything could be done electronically. On Sunday, they announced that the store would be closing for two weeks in order to protect their staff.
“We are seeing this virus get closer and closer,” Angie explained. “We have been operating with minimal exposure for our customers and our employees, but we cannot control what our staff does when they leave work. The more we thought about it, the more we felt it was safer to close. We want to keep them paid as long as we can, so we came up with a plan.”
Starting this week, Rous will begin creating high-end desserts and the entire process will be captured on video. My Sister’s Fault will then sell online raffle tickets with a drawing on Friday for people to win boxes of the desserts Rous creates.
“I don’t think people realize that the desserts she makes take days to create,” Angie said. “We have been wanting to do this for a long time but have been so busy we could not. We are hoping this brings in enough to continue paying our staff. Rous and I did not take a paycheck last week because, although sales have been good, they have not been what they were previously. We could not do payroll and include us. We just felt it was more important that they get paid than worry about us. We are counting on our community to help keep this going.”
Angie explained that she and Rous are extremely excited for the new venture but are also aware that this will be another challenge they must face.
“We are happy we own something and continue to be amazed at how far we have come in such a short period of time,” Angie said. “We owe all of our success to the community that supports us, and we are thrilled to see where this next adventure takes us.”