We often wonder what we would do if we didn't own a pecan store for a living. The answer is we can't imagine anything else! We are so thankful for our customers who have become friends. We love that we can work together as a family including having our kids vacuum in the warehouse, load the UPS trailer full of packages during the holidays and be our quality control taste testers at the end of the chocolate machine. And our employees are more like family!
Business continues to grow and Berdoll's is very excited about that. The pecan orchard looks like it will have a nice crop of pecans this year. We know come mid-October our customers will be waiting for them to be harvested! This year we focused on lots of social media, updates to our website, streamlining processes in the warehouse, and adding more Berdoll merchandise in the retail store. We now have Berdoll t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, magnets and postcards. Some of the items feature our famous squirrel, Ms. Pearl. We have faced a small problem...
We are running out of room!! So, this summer Jared built a storage building to keep our inshell pecans in. It is located right behind our retail store. We still have our tried and true 20 flavors of Pecans and Pecan Candies. Our Pecan Pies are seriously the best!! If you haven't tried them now is the time!! Our customers seem to like that we have No Added Sugar items!! At the end of 2016 we started accounts with Cabelas.com and HEB. Cabelas sells a select 10 products on their website in October, November, and December. HEB sells 3 of our products in the produce section. Bucees continues to sell our products as well!!!
The Berdoll family added 2 more sweet babies this past year. Hal and Lisa now have 8 grandchildren. Hal and Lisa can still be found Country Western dancing. Lisa loves nothing more than helping us with our kiddos and picking up grandkids from school or watching their sporting events. We often joke that she needs a Nana's Bus!!! Hal is doing a little calf roping and loves working on his land transactions. He had back surgery in June, but not much can hold him down. Jared and I are now in year 9 of owning the pecan store. We have 3 kids! Logan 6, Halle almost 4 and Austin 10 months. Jared works a lot and finds a little time to enjoy boating on Lake Travis. I enjoy the combination of being a mommy and running a successful business. It is a great balance and I am so glad that our kids get to spend time with us as we work. My sister Kylene and her husband Will also have 3 kids. Kyndall 7, Kenzie 4.5 and Mason 8 months. They raise whitetail deer and Will works in law enforcement. My brother and his wife Brandi have 2 kids. Clay almost 6 and Emily 2.5 years old. They own a sawmill where they specialize in unique wood. Check out his website at www.berdollsawmill.com. As always, we can't thank you enough for loving our products. We strive to have great products, exceptional service and also provide a fun atmosphere for our dedicated employees. This year we had so much media about our 24-hour vending machine and Ms. Pearl our 14-foot squirrel!! They both have really stolen the show this year. Stop and take your picture with Ms. Pearl and upload it to her website at www.berdollsquirrel.com. Thank you for your continued business!! We really appreciate it.