Over the last couple of weeks I've fielded more than my share of "I know it says "Local" only, but I want it!" These "statements" usually are in reference to a client who lives beyond a realistic distance to make a free pickup day at Pita Pit. However, their tastebuds are on fire and their drooling eyes are firmly fixed on Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake, Mini Strawberry Shortcakes, or something else on the menu that would NEVER survive 2-days in transit via UPS.
At this point, I could easily take the same detailed text explanation and do a copy and paste into every subsequent request. I've had people tell me how I could successful ship it to them. I'm always willing to learn, but usually it ends up making me chuckle a bit instead. Apparently not every client knows or recalls the sheer amount of research and testing I did last summer before I even shipped the first package. To be exact, 1.5 months of testing/research of the shipping process. My friends thought my research was a bit excessive, but they aren't responsible for food safety and getting the dessert(s) across country intact.
Most dessert clients don't want to spend an extra $15+ for me ship everything using the gold standard -- dry ice. (BTW, I did test dry ice.) Most food companies shipping with dry ice are monthly subscription boxes or huge bakeries receiving massive shipping discounts. So my research powered on! I know which packaging to use, how to insulate it, how long the ice packs will last, what size ice packs, how many to use, what needs to be shipped frozen, which items can withstand regular UPS Ground service and which ones cannot, and I understand the UPS shipping nuances.
Shopify offers deeply discounted UPS shipping which I pass along to my clients since I cannot compete with the free shipping most people are used to thanks to Amazon. I stopped shipping to states 3 days or more away unless upgraded shipping is purchased. Why?! The only service UPS will guarantee is air service. Most clients don't want a dessert that is over 3 days old via ground service. I learned about the "ouch" of the no ground service guarantee when a package took 6 days to arrive in Texas instead of 3!
So I say all that to share these key points -- if you live in a state 3 days or more away (please consult the Shipping/Delivery page for the affected states), I can still ship to you, ONLY if you purchase 2-day air or overnight/next day air. Regardless of your state, I can ship a (Local) only item to you ONLY if you purchase overnight/next day air. You will need to contact me directly via email or phone. The system will prevent you from completing the purchase online.
Now you know the story behind "Local" only....😉 And I’m happy to give you an upgraded shipping quote if you decide you “want it…NOW!”🤣