The women-owned handcake business is growing in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A women-owned company started by two best friends is starting to catch on near the Field Club neighborhood.

Kate Anderson decided to open a business not just one day, it was a journey for Kate and her business partner Sarah Ryan.

“We really grew our business, we started at farmers markets and pop-ups, and we sort of moved to doing porch deliveries over the last year,” said Anderson.

Now they have a brick and mortar store near 35th and Center. Carter & Rye makes hand pies that fit in the palm of your hand.

Kate says there’s actually a bit of history behind the pastry.

“Hand pies are like a generic term, but they appear in many different cultures. So we have empanadas and pies and beef patties. Now we’ve just taken a lot of those old traditions and turned them into comforting pastries, ”said Anderson.

Kate says the community welcomed her and the Handpies. Client Kevin Turner says it is important to support small businesses.

“A lot of my friends are small business owners, so I like to show up and help them and see all the amazing things they have to offer,” said Turner.

Kate admits it was a little difficult to start a business during a pandemic, but she says it’s important for women to get involved in business and follow their dreams.

“I think it’s very important, I think it’s important that everyone finds their passion and strives for it and knows that you are able to really do what you want to do in this world. I’ve always had a passion for baking and pastries and I like to comfort nostalgic foods. And we wanted to turn it into a business where we can give comfort to people right now, ”said Anderson.

Anderson says they plan to gradually expand their business.

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