Planning was never Todd’s strong suit. He never planned on starting a baking company. As it turns out when you want to follow your dream sometimes it is best to not have a plan. Sitting in his cube one day buried in spreadsheets he knew it was time for change. Later that day he turned to his wife(Kes) and told her he wanted to start a baking company. It was scary yet exciting, but such as it is when you follow your dream. So they both quit their jobs in D.C. and moved to Philly. Their mission was simple; to make classic American treats (like the brownie) and make them better, together.
What started out as a hobby and a way to escape the boredom of his 9-5, baking became a full blown obsession.
After graduating from college with a finance degree, Todd found himself in jobs he was less than passionate about. Baking became the escape; something he could totally immerse himself in. Checking out every book he could find at the library his nights and weekends were now filled exploring new recipes.
It was Todd’s weekly trips to the grocery store that became the inspiration for Better Together. Frustrated by the dull, lifeless cookies and brownies from the in-store bakery and the overly processed preservative options he thought: “We deserve better.” Todd decided to put his love for baking with natural ingredients to good use. He would create artisan brownies and baked goods for all to enjoy.
The first few years were tough. Todd and his wife Kestra spent countless, sleepless nights churning out brownies from their little home oven (which ended up breaking), for weekly farmers markets they attended. It was at those markets that they realized they were onto something. People loved the brownies!
Next came the weekly trips into the center city Philadelphia. Todd would pack their Honda full of brownies and deliver them to local coffee shops and retailers. With a strong local following it was time to expand. In 2011 they secured a “real” production facility and have been growing and baking ever since.
What we do
We decided to take this classic American treat and make it better. Each flavor uniquely its own and handcrafted with ingredients chosen purposefully. No junk, no preservatives, no trans-fats, just pure simple ingredients to make a most awesome brownie. The result a classic treat made grand again.
These brownies are made with a purpose, with love, like your mom might do. This is why we say around here they are heartfelt good.