There’s a lot to love about Edmonds, but a local couple has created one more thing that our town can be sweet on: hand-made fudge.
Birdie and Brad Nestor can be found selling slabs of Edmonds fudge on the final day of this year’s Edmonds Museum Farmers Market Saturday, but the fudge — in flavors ranging from sea salt caramel, to raspberry vanilla to chocolate walnut — can also be found year round at Nama’s Candy, where Birdie works.
My Edmonds News had an opportunity interview Birdie Nestor about the new business, which the couple started Aug. 18:
Q: Tell us more about your backgrounds
A: Brad grew up here in Edmonds and he graduated from Kings High School. Most recently he has been working at the University of Washington Medical Center Heart Clinic and is now finishing extensive schooling at Bellevue College to do a specialized ultrasound program — cardiac ultrasonography — which is full-time schooling, meaning there are a lot of late, late nights of making fudge.
I, on the other hand, grew up in Vancouver, Wash. and moved to Edmonds nine years ago, not knowing a soul. I worked as a trainer and a manager at Washington Mutual and had a friend who was working packaging the candy at Nama’s who needed to take a couple-month leave to take care of some personal things in her life. I told her I would fill in for her so that she would have her job when she came back.
Long story short, she was not able to come back I fell in love with the community and they became my family, especially Pat and Annette (Nama’s owners Pat and Annette McKee). I finished with WAMU and became the one full-time manager/employee at the store. Seven years later I am still around. Brad and I had a little girl four years ago so now I work from home with an online company called Etsy, but still work here and there in the store to see my customers and all the kids as they grow. I love knowing them by name and them knowing me.
Q: What inspired you to start Edmonds Fudge?
A: It has been something both Pat and I have wanted in the store for some time. We had a local candy maker who sold her prepackaged fudge with us for quite a while but due to life circumstances she was not able to continue. Though we were sad to see her go, it gave us the ability to think of what we wanted in the store. Since we are at the beach, we wanted the kind of fudge you would see there, full slabs of fresh old-fashioned handmade fudge and lots of flavors that you could choose from. Brad and I saw the opportunity, threw caution to the wind and said let’s do it.
Q: What has been the reaction of your customers to your fudge?
A: It took some time to get all the green lights we needed from the health department to make sure our commercial kitchen was all good to go and it has definitely been a learning curve as all businesses are, but so far the feedback has been incredible. Our goal has been to have a business that serves Edmonds, as it is where we live, attend church (at North Sound on 4th and Bell) and spend our time, and it’s been that and more. And we have just gotten going since we have only been in business for a month and a half.
Q: What’s next?
A: As far as the future goes, we are excited to make Edmonds Fudge a household name, not just for the holidays but for year round. We will be starting a fudge of the month club by the first of November and currently have fudge of the month flavors. For October we will be continuing our Apple Pie Fudge and introducing Pumpkin Pie. We do party trays, corporate orders, corporate gift boxes for the holidays and we can ship all over the U.S. You can currently order through EdmondsFudge.Com and also on our Facebook page as well as get updates for promotions and anything else we are up to. For example, right now we are doing a “Buy 4 pieces get 2 FREE” at the candy store through the month of October. And yes Edmonds Fudge will be popping up around Edmonds in different locations to purchase soon as well, but Nama’s will be our home base with the most flavors.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: We are excited to be a part of the community and for finding ways to give back. While we can’t do every fundraiser or donation that we are asked to do, we really want to do as many as we can to support this community (especially our kids)! The feedback from everyone has been fantastic all the way around the board, so we can’t ask for more.