How exactly did this Willy Wonka Whoopie Pie compound come to be? Well, the story behind Annette’s is as rich as the decadent whipped cream and multi-colored sprinkled milkshakes they serve.
In 2002, Annette was struggling in her relationship with her teenage daughter Megan. They barely spoke, except when Megan wanted money so she could buy things. Interestingly, Annette saw this as an opportunity to reconnect with Megan. She took a chance and bought jewelry inventory and asked Megan if she’d like to help her sell the jewelry at upcoming local fairs and split the profits. Enthusiastically, Megan said “yes” and, suddenly, this mother/daughter duo found themselves spending weekends together on road trips, staying up late at night and putting in long days together working on their new business. This forced new time together allowed Annette and Megan to communicate in a new way with their shared goal of making a profit and they began to get along again. Around this same time, Annette was approached to design a western line for a custom hand-painted shoe manufacturing company overseas. Annette and Megan named their company Gina G-Girls and soon shipped these shoes to retailers all across the United States. Later, they switched to creating unique tees with western, travel and glamping designs. They re-named their company Gina (an ode to an old nickname Megan had for her mother when she was a young girl) and the rest is history.