While most tweens are glued to their electronic devices, this precocious, multi-talented 11 year old is spending her time building her empire as a budding entrepreneur. Upcoming Galloway School student, Ryan Neufeld, founded Pickles ‘n Pudding at the tender age of eight, with the aid of her mother Adina, Sandy Springs native and Riverwood High School graduate, and older sister Talia. Now, Talia has since retired and serves as the company “taster.”
Pickles ‘n Pudding, is a family owned business specializing in sour and semi-sour pickles, and is located in the heart of Sandy Springs. Pickles are made with salt, pepper and a number of other spices.
When asked how Pickles ‘n Pudding derived, Neufeld stated that she was “inspired by [her] mother,” who hosts a local cooking show in the metro Atlanta area. She continued by stating that she decided it would be a great idea to make pickles with her family. After debating about the name, she finally settled on Pickles ‘n Pudding, because, like any eight year old, she loved the way the words pickles and pudding sounded together. Adding the word pudding was not just about the name however–it is also a staple in the business. The company produces an array of puddings including red velvet, banana, cookies and crème, and even gummy bear!
Despite only being a part-time business, Pickles ‘n Pudding was quickly able to turn a profit and Neufeld elected to use those profits to invest in an embroidery machine to accompany her seamstress skills. This allowed her to add pillow and purse making to her portfolio.
As with any busy business woman on the rise, work-life balance can be a challenge. Neufeld successfully juggles her business, academics, activities and family time by simply “do[ing] it.” This is a philosophy she learned from her mother who instilled in her daughters the idea that, “if you dream it, you can do it.” This is the same advice Neufeld would give other young aspiring entrepreneurs.
Neufeld’s talents do not end at sewing and making delicious pickles and pudding. She is also a gifted artist who has a knack for calligraphy and drawing. She recently entered a contest to design a Sandy Springs turtle for Heards Ferry Elementary; she and her best friend won the competition. The design will be unveiled early to mid 2018 outside the school.
In the next five to 10 years, Neufeld hopes to see her business grow internationally, with people across the world crunching on her pickles, wearing her purses and sleeping on her pillows. For now, you can find Pickles ‘n Pudding at the Sandy Springs Farmers Market every other Saturday or you can visit their website at http://www.picklesnpudding.com/.