Delectable Desires Pastries
My name is Carlene O’Garro and my passion for cakes started at home in our family kitchen. My mom is my inspiration and even to this day I still ask her for her opinion. My mother would use box cake, which she would let me color with various food colorings and experiment with different flavoring extracts. At a young age, my parents purchased an Easy Bake Oven for me so I could practice and experiments on my own. Of course, they had the wonderful pleasure of being my tasters for years. As I got older, my passion never left. I went on to college and graduated with two degrees and had my sights set for Law School. But in my heart, I knew law wasn’t for me. I enrolled at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts with a concentration in pastries and the rest is HERstory. I graduated CSCA second in my class and immediately started my pastry business as a home based business. About two years ago, I decided to open my first retail location in West Roxbury, MA. My entire family came to volunteered their time to help with the buildout and I couldn’t have been more grateful. My little cake shop was built on love and a vision which was to create beautiful tasting cakes, delectable pastries and amazing customer service. When you love what you do, its never work. I get to play in flour, butter and sugar all day and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
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Delectable Desires Pastries is a local bakery and cake shop that values quality over quantity. We specialize in designer cakes, custom cakes, 3D cakes and wedding cakes as well as fresh baked breakfast pastries and various desserts. I started Delectable Desires Pastries 2 months after graduating culinary arts school in 2007. It started as a home based cake business and a wholesale business. We grew the wholesale business by going to different coffee shops throughout Boston and offering fresh baked breakfast pastries delivered fresh daily. Fast forward to January 2015, and we were able to open our first retail location. We had an amazing first year but like anything we faced a few challenges. Our biggest challenge so far is, we are in an amazing neighborhood, but there just isn’t enough foot traffic to sustain us through the slow months. We were fortunate enough to find a second location that can give us the foot traffic we need with a very low investment. We also plan on teaching fondant figurine classes and mommy and me classes in the future. Delectable Desires Pastries started with a passion created by my mother, that grew into a dream and eventually into a bakery and cake shop that employees 4 people and I couldn’t be happier.
What is the purpose of this loan?
This loan will help Delectable Desires Pastries expand to our second location in Boston.
Years in operation: More than 5 years