AUSTIN (KXAN) — For its 22nd anniversary, Austin-based bakery Tiff’s Treats went back to the beginning: by tracking down “Amy,” its very first customer when it opened in the 1990s.
Earlier this month, owners Tiff Taylor and Leon Chen announced a search for Amy, who lived in University Towers in 1999 and became the local favorite’s very first customer after calling in an order.
“We flyered all of campus [at the University of Texas] and waited three days and got zero orders. Zero phone calls. It was embarrassing,” Taylor and Chen said. “A day after, Amy called us and placed an order. Little did she know, it was our first order.”
And on Friday, the owners of Tiff’s Treats revealed they’d found Amy!
Taylor and Chen explained that the search was originally a long shot. Thankfully, Amy’s sister’s best friend saw Tiff’s Treats’ call and alerted Amy: who now lives overseas!
In a voice memo, Amy explained her Tiff’s Treats experience: “In 1998-1999, I was living in Austin. I saw this really sweet flyer and it spoke to me as being really genuine. And I called — and little did I know, I was ordering cookies from Tiffany and Leon and it was their first order.”
The bakery owners say while Amy’s order was just one phone call and one order, it gave them a boost to keep going.
“I did not know that my order inspired them in any way to keep going,” Amy said. “I wish them all the best luck!”
Amy’s personal takeaway: “Always be kind. You never know who you’re going to influence positively or negatively with your attitude in the world.”
Adding to this kindness, Amy decided that since she’s so far from Texas, she wants to donate her year’s worth of free cookies to a local non-profit. Beginning now, the children at Foster Angels of Central Texas will enjoy Tiff’s Treats.
Meanwhile, Taylor and Chen are just grateful they were able to tell Amy thank you: all because of the public’s help.
“We just want to say thank you to everybody who helped with this search. We had so many comments and so many people helping us out and it was really meaningful to us. Thank you so much.”