We had the good fortune of connecting with Ismael De Sousa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ismael, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
You have to be willing to risk it all, (“most likely if you are fairly young, that doesn’t mean much in monetary value”). But to draw a picture. I risked everything when moving to the US, then again moving to Colorado, and finally again opening Reunion, that uncertainty keeps you going, makes you grow, but also brings a bit of calmness in times like the ones we live in now, Risk equals opportunity, you either take it or let it pass.
What should our readers know about your business?
What makes our little bakery unique is the international approach to food. You’d see that so-called fusion food in the restaurant world, but way less in the baking world. At our bakery, you’ll see classic pastries made with a very international approach. A good example of that, will be our sticky bun, which is made with classic french style dough but filled with south American flavors and topped with Mexican cotija Cheese. The reason why Reunion is successful would a good combination of real hard work and a pinch of luck, and following the same idea. The best way to be “lucky” with very challenge is to work hard. That being said, I’m still trying to find that good life/work balance needed to be successful in the long term without getting burned out
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If someone is visiting Denver for week. I will for sure make him/her walk from our bakery, going to the other side of the tracks on larimer up to larimer square. On the way we’d grab a beer at OMF sit at Beckon (if there’s a seat). After that most likely would try to spend the rest of the time hiking, snowboarding, climbing, snowshoeing, anything outdoorsy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For sure… Zak the baker in Miami
All picture are mine