Hello and welcome to the online headquarters for the Dear Potato Org. I'm the owner/president/head lass in charge, Shea Conley. My creative interests & talents are all over the place but I guess you could say that vegan and gluten-free baking is my main medium. I started baking professionally in 2016 at a small bakery in Seattle's Pike Place Market and then leveled up my skill as a baker at a small Russian bakery in downtown Seattle. I'm now trying out that small business owner life! It's terrifying but I love it. Being an almost lifelong vegetarian and faux-meat expert are things that I love to brag about. My recipes have zero intention of being healthy and I love experimenting with flavor. I've always said, "if you're going to say that something has a flavor in it, then that flavor better punch me in the freaking face."
I grew up in Lakewood, Colorado and then spent my later teen years in Arizona (Chandler & Phoenix). My young, directionless self decided to pursue fashion marketing at an art college where I dropped out but it got me to Seattle where I spent almost 13 years growing as an artist. I now live in Helena, Montana with my husband and our animal children. Some of my favorite things (besides food) are: pigs, musicals, trolls, vintage everything, the color yellow, Enya, Real Housewives, topiary, outdoor gardening, free furniture, Furbies, disco balls, ABBA, and Y2K pop culture.
Dear Potato started off as a food blog project to keep me busy after being laid off from a job due to covid. Despite the name, my recipes are not all potato based. I just really like potatoes! My little blog project grew into requests to make custom cakes and then leveled up to having a full menu and a regular spot at both of Helena's wonderful farmers markets. The plan is to level up again when the time is right with either a storefront or a food truck. I love making sweets but ultimately I want a permanent space, with amazing vibes, where I can serve the people of Helena vegan savory meals AND sweets. Stay tuned for updates on my ventures!
Meeting new people is my jam. Send me an email if you're interested in a collaboration or have a question regarding my work. Cheers!