We had the good fortune of connecting with Audrey Hermes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Audrey, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Starting a business has plenty of risks involved, especially in the food industry. As I think of risk taking I weigh out who and how it would affect other people. If I truly feel as if the risk could only negatively impact my own life, I am more than willing to jump on it. When it starts to affect other people, I am much more cautious about my decision making and tend to lean on the side of safety. Now that we have a team of employees who depend on our company for their livelihood, every decision that is made has them at the forefront. I truly believe that their successes are my successes and vice versa.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My background is in Fine Arts. I was a dancer my entire life and have always immersed myself in the world of art. After a terrible injury I switched my focus to culinary arts. I have no formal culinary arts training and I am completely self taught! Breaking into the culinary scene with no formal training was tough, but I have always been a lover of food, and the industry and that has helped me pave the way for our business to flourish. I believe in quality, and attention to details, and that is what I am most focused on when creating products for our bakery. I strive to make sure every experience for our customers is one that will leave a lasting impression, from the customer service and ambiance to the pastries.
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.
I LOVE San Diego. From the beaches, to the people, to the neighborhoods, but of course my love lies in Little Italy. The people, the food, and my fellow small business owners. I would spend most of my time eating through little italy, with some of my favorites Monello, Ironside, and Nolita Hall. Sunset Cliffs, and Balboa park are top of my list to spend time at!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give a shoutout to my family and friends who have supported me since the very beginning. My fiancé Jon, who is also my business partner and has stood next to me to build our company into what it is today. Our employees who dedicate themselves to our business and represent us and our values, and of course our loyal customers who are the reason we are able to do what we do!
Thoughts by Brandi Sammy Noel Photography