We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Nemechek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was working at a resort and spa hotel in Broomfield, CO when Covid-19 came and I was furloughed from my job as the pastry chef. I started making cookies and cakes from home and began posting photos online. When I started getting orders mostly from friends and former co-workers, I thought it might not be a bad idea to turn it into a business for the moment and see where it leads. Baking and pastry is my passion so it was an easy decision to go full steam ahead later on. I named my business Sweetened Patisserie LLC, an online bakery shop located in Arvada, CO.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am learning the ropes of owning a business every day. As a business owner now, I don’t just bake and build great-tasting cakes or cookies anymore. Now, I look at spreadsheets to look at profitability in order to make the business thrive and hopefully gain momentum so I can open a storefront in the very near future and create more sweets that are not only great tasting but meaningful for the celebrants. As a one-woman company, I do everything which is expected. It was hard at first but when the passion kicks in, it feels so much more fulfilling knowing I am doing what I love to do. It also helps that my husband helps whenever he can specially when it comes to deliveries.
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?
We would do a mini tour of some of my favorite places to eat out. First, we will go to Stanley Marketplace in Aurora to visit Miette et Chocolat for some decadent and gorgeous pastries to go. While there, we can check out the hand crafted Japanese knives at Element Knife Company. One night we will dine on the patio at Domo, a Japanese restaurant in Denver. During daytime, we will go to the farmers’ markets in Arvada or Cherry Creek for fresh produce we can cook together after enjoying some pastries from Ti:Cafe Ta, a Vietnamese coffee shop on S Broadway. Another night, we will go to Denver’s artisanal brewery for some Belgian-style beers after enjoying ice cream from Little Man Ice Cream . We can go to The Modern Eater’s Summer Dinner Series, where great chefs cook for you and proceeds go to their chosen beneficiaries. Maybe catch a show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre before they leave or dine at the rooftop of Avanti F&B in Denver and enjoy the mile-hi city view after a Rockies game at Coors Field.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my husband, Ty who is always present and supportive in every decision I make. In fact, he is the reason that I am into baking and pastry. I always like to share this story. He gifted me a French knife and a series of cooking classes. I enjoyed the pastry portion of the classes so much because I was able to express my creativity which I didn’t think I had any then. I left my job in accounting when I had the chance to go to culinary school and never looked back. Apart from my husband, I would like to acknowledge the local community who have supported my business and continue to do so. The industry that I am in help me grow as a person and as a business owner as well. I also get strength from former associates who were furloughed or lost their jobs like myself in 2020. Some of them are back in the industry and others have reinvented themselves out of necessity. I LOVE my industry.