23-year-old starts food truck business in Thomaston – NBC Connecticut


The Thomaston community has welcomed a new food joint – a bistro and cafe on wheels.

The owner is 23-year-old Jordan Boyle, who after graduating from college decided to change careers. The Siena College marketing major quickly realized that her 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job just wasn’t for her.

“I was working from home and I was miserable,” Boyle said. “One day I thought to myself, what about a food truck? I just want to have my own business. I don’t want to be tied to a specific place. What about a food truck? My mother and my brother looked at me like I was crazy. It was September, now here we are.

Boyle said she always had a passion for baking and wanted to make it a business.

“We opened March 30 right here. It’s awesome. This little town has so much support,” Boyle said.

At age twelve, she and her father started selling homemade desserts. Together they named it “Grace Cakes”. Then, in college, Boyle changed it to “Jordan’s Tiny Cakes” and started making decorative cupcakes.

Today, she has expanded her menu to include baked goods, brunch items and coffee drinks and sells them directly from her truck in Thomaston in the Chapman Lumber parking lot. She changed the name to “Peanut’s Place” to honor her father who died in 2014.

“His nickname for me was ‘Peanut’ and I don’t think I have a single memory of him calling me by my first name,” Boyle said.

Inside the truck, Boyle has his family, loved ones, and new recruit taking the controls and helping him achieve his dream.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her. She had a dream and she made it a reality,” said Laura, Boyle’s mother.

Boyle also works with her boyfriend. Together they drive the truck, prepare the drinks and close up shop.

“It’s just amazing. She had an idea and six months later, here we are,” said Jared Kahn.

Boyle said she will continue to use social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, and eventually Tik Tok to promote her business.

His truck is open Wednesday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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