Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nicole: my FAVORITE employee!

If you are a frequent fan of our Facebook page: , you have surely seen me mention my most favorite (and only) employee Nicole. If you have come in to the shop you have most likely met Nicole! But if you haven't done either-- it's time to get to know my most valued employee: Nicole! 
DISCLAIMER:::::::::::::::::::::::::: Although we are ALWAYS "Camera Ready" and soooo ready for our close ups! (((yeah right!!!!!))) We almost never wear makeup to work. We don't mean to scare you (or your pure innocent children for that matter) but let's face it: We wake up at 4, are baking by 6, and get a full blown shower every time we do the dishes. Not to mention covered in buttercream probably every 20 min on the hour, a nice coat of food coloring all over the hands, and sprinkles in the hair. So we gave up pretty quick on the whole "gotta look super cute in this super cute cake shop" idea. So Nicole was nottttttt so thrilled when I told her to SMILE for the camera this morning! (And she tells me there will be some payback for this pic......... so everyone be on your toes!) But this is my awesome Nicole, cracking up like she normally does at 6 AM--- life would be SO BORING without her here, manning the ovens like a champ!!
Nicole helps me do absolutely everything around here- she bakes, she decorates, she frosts, she fills, she does dishes, answers phones, mops the floors, checks you out when you come in to buy your sweet treats, and she's my part time personal therapist and life coach. We want you to feel like you KNOW us at Leah's Sweet Treats!! We have the most awesome regular customers that we feel like are our friends and that we know so well after only being open for 4 months, and we want you to feel the same about us!
Here is a little Q&A for my Nicole:
Hi Nicole, my most favorite employee. Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Well, let's see... I'm a mother of two talented and beautiful teenage girls. They keep me cooking, cleaning, driving, texting, tweeting, spending, and listening to their crazy teenage happenings! I'm also married to a wonderful man, who embraces my (sometimes outrageous) demands and epiphanies with an open mind. I'm so lucky in love, family, and most recently, with my job.
Why did you want to get into baking/pastry/cakes?
I have always been the creative type. I always have a project going (or two, or three...) at any given time, whether home improvement, art project, or vegetable garden. I was an office manager for several years in the commercial flooring industry. I just decided one day that I needed to get out from behind the desk and do something that makes me happy, though I wasn't quite sure what that was yet!
One day soon after, I had a whim to try my hand at a two tiered birthday cake. It seemed I had a knack for it! The reaction from everyone was so positive that I went for it! A few months later I found Leah, and well, here I am! 
What is your FAVORITE part of this job?
There are so many great things about this place! First and foremost, I have THE best boss!!! (I'd give her a 10, but I'll have to deduct a 1/2 point for that surprise picture this morning!) I love Fort Worth! It's a great city, and I'm proud to be a part of the Camp Bowie family of small businesses.
I know some people might think this is crazy, but the hours are wonderful! Up at 4am and baking by 6am may sound like torture to some, but it makes for lots of day left over when the work day is done!
More so than anything, it means so much to me to be a part of a brand new company; not just any company, but our Leah has got something special here!! She's so super talented! I think anyone would be crazy not to want to be a part of what is happening here!
What do you love most about our sweet customers?
I love that everyone who comes in with an idea, brings something different each time! No cake is ever the same as the one before. Our customers are pretty creative! It's always fun to see what they come up with next!!
What is your favorite flavor of cupcake we make and why?
That's a question that people ask me pretty often and I think my answer changes every day! I LOVE the Peanut Butter Chip. One bite and breakfast is out the window! The strawberry is the best on the planet! Who else makes them like we do? I've never been a big fan of nuts, but our Almond cupcake is a game changer! Just today, we made up a Chocolate Coconut flavor that immediately made my favorites list! I could go on... and on... and on!!

Isn't she awesome?!? And just to be fair:::: 

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