We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryonna Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bryonna, how do you think about risk?
Taking a risk is what launched my business on the path of success. I started my business March 2019 and signed up for one of the largest farmers markets in Denver, which also came with a pretty hefty fee. I discussed it with my family, took a leap of faith, and used all of my savings to pay for the farmers markets. My business took off and a year later I was able to quit my job and become a full-time baker and business owner. Had I second-guessed myself and not believed in my potential, I truly believe that my business would not be where it is today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a completely self-taught baker. Prior to starting my business, I had no clue that I would even be good at baking cakes and cupcakes good enough to sell. I had never baked anything other than box cakes and chocolate chip cookies. I was talking to my financial planner and he suggested I make a list of everything I enjoy doing that i wouldn’t mind turning into a business. Baking came out on top & It was the best decision I ever made. It was definitely not easy and hasn’t been easy since. Every single day is a challenge and a learning process. I learn about myself and what I should/shouldn’t be doing everyday. Some days are great. Others are full of every emotion and I wonder if I’m doing the right thing. What pushes me everyday are my customers. That person who sends me a message telling me my cupcakes were the best they’ve ever had. Or another customer telling me they will never order cake from anybody else. They are the driving force behind everything I do. I cant go back to what I was doing before because so many people are rooting for me and believe in me, sometimes more than i believe in myself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
-Eat: Acova (the best gluten-free restaurant in Denver), Avanti Food & Beverage (Quiero Arepas is amazing and such a pretty view of downtown Denver), Hapa Sushi, Tag Burger (amazing parmesan truffle fries), Aloy Modern Thai, Mister Oso (best happy hour menu), The Woods Restaurant for drinks (beautiful nighttime view of Denver), Sushi Rama Visit: Denver Selfie Museum, Stanley Marketplace, Central Market, Larimer Square Outdoor: Garden of the Gods, Estes Park, Idaho Springs, Red Rocks (Im not a huge outdoor person so my selections are limited) Depending on when they come, I would love to take them down on Larimer during Crush Walls. If not during Crush Walls, walking down the alleys of Larimer is always great because of the beautiful street art.
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?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents, brother and customers. My parents are so encouraging and always express how proud they are of me. My brother is extremely supportive & has told me on so many occasions that he is so proud of me for going after what I want and continuing to believe in myself. Without my customers, especially the ones who kept coming back to the farmers markets when I was just starting out, my business would be non-existent. I appreciate each and every person who continues to support me, even during these uncertain times, and refer me to their friends and family. There are so many people I have never met that want to see me win & I never take that for granted.
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