We had the good fortune of connecting with Britni Massey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Britni, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always wanted to have my own business. I’ve also loved desserts and sweets for as long as I can remember. At one point, I remember wanting something sweet to eat, but not being able to go physically out and get it myself. I thought to myself “delivery desserts” should be a thing. Fast forward 20+ years later, and I have come full circle in the dream I once had.
What should our readers know about your business?
Decadent is a coffee & dessert bar. What’s different about us, is that there aren’t many dessert bars around town. Decadent is an awesome place to visit, because there is something different for each person in your family and caters to their individual dessert preferences. I am most excited about the growth with Decadent. We have been open for almost 3 years now, have survived covid and hoping to continue to grow and cater to our community. We have grown so much over the last few years both professionally and personally. Once covid hit, we weren’t sure how we would make it, but our customers are the best. The community really came together to support us in every way possible. We are so blessed to have such great people surrounding us and backing us up day in and day out.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Of course your best friend’s itinerary would depend on them and their personality/interests. The downtown scene is always nice for good food and drinks, but we live in this beautiful state for a reason. I love being outside and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. I think a trip to the mountains is a must if someone has never been to Colorado. Locally, visiting Garden of the Gods or Pikes Peak is always a good start and since Colorado is known for its breweries, checking out some of the local breweries should be on the to-do list.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Decadent wouldn’t be where it’s at today, without the help of several individuals. The biggest credit goes to my mom Jennifer Kottmeyer-Smith, who not only is my fabulous mother, but also my business partner. My mom jumped in when I had this idea of opening the store without hesitation. She retired from being a nurse for 30+ years to help me chase my dream. I will be forever grateful to her for the sacrifices she has made along the way. Secondly, I would like to give a shoutout to my husband Patric. Patric plays basketball professionally, but when covid hit, he jumped into the store to help out in any way possible and learned the operational side of the store and continues to be our rock and foundation there. Last but certainly not least, the Barnes family. The Barnes’ are our commercial landlords, but have been the best mentors to my mom and I. They have helped us think “outside of the box”, helped up build a solid business plan, have supported us since day one and continue to mentor us day in and day out. We couldn’t have asked for better landlords and role models.