Vivian & Kristin
Our Front Yard
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Growing up I spent many days at my grandmothers hip side. She was an old fashioned cook and created everything you can think of from scratch. She was the matriarch of our family. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that many families, like ours, would be surrounded with great food when they all came together. These memories of cooking, baking and celebrating are my first really memories of food and the effects that they have.
After college I spent time in Chicago as an Interior Designer and one day found myself looking for more. I decided to take night and weekend baking and pastry classes for fun. It wasn’t until I took a specialized pastry and showpiece class that I had even considered this to turn into more than just a hobby. I had an amazing chef instructor that opened my eyes up to the world of pastry and design. I was blown away at the opportunities there were.
Soon I was moving to Denver, leaving my job as a designer and getting my foot in the door at some higher end restaurants in town. I worked with more great chefs, learned a lot but I knew that restaurants were not my thing. Soon after I took on a new role as a corporate chef, spending time in food production, recipe ideation, traveling and even educating others in cooking. I always said I loved who I worked with and who I worked for but something was still not right.
In 2012 I had my daughter, Vivian, and needless to say I was a bit head over heels for her. I felt I had met my calling to be a mom. An overwhelming feeling that had me questioning my professional role. I wanted nothing more then to be here mom and found my self not wanting to go back, I didn’t want to miss a minute of her. After many discussion of what the future looked like with my husband Geoff we decided to start a business that would allow more flexibility in our life. We were not 100% sure what it looked like but we knew that we loved the name, Vivian’s Gourmet.
The next 3 years were filled with personal recipe testing, brain storming and some misses. We also welcomed our son, Keaghan in 2014 that opened another door in our life. When I went back to work I was working part time, allowing more time with my kids and more time to think about if Vivian’s Gourmet was simply a hobby or if it pan out to be more.
I soon found myself applying for artisan markets, building booths and packaging product to sell. I was flabbergasted after my first market at the amount I sold but more so the comments I received about my goodies. People like them, loved them and even compared them to other companies with passing along their compliment! I started to realize that maybe I had more than just a hobby, and so did Geoff.
In January of 2016 he came home to tell me about this space that he found and we should check out. I was a little confused but played along and went to see the space. We talked about how it could be a gourmet bakery, offering more than just pastries or more than cakes. Soon we were developing our business plan, menu, and signing a lease. A bit fast and overwhelming but by March 18, 2016 we opened our doors to the community. Our goal was to create this high end, gourmet bakery offering fresh pastries, cookies, bread, and specialty cakes. However being part of the community and making it family friendly was a must. Offering educational hands on baking classes to the community as well as a celebration space was a priority of ours.
We are now 2 years in and we proud to say we have achieved those goals and are constantly growing. One of my favorite things about opening this bakery is truly the people. The community is our biggest fan and I love being able to spend time with them every day, it warms my heart to know that our kids are growing up in such a beautiful place filled with so much love and support. It often reminds me of being at my grandmother’s hip side sharing our love through the love of food, a nostalgic feeling that I hope never leaves me.