We had the good fortune of connecting with Danell Marks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danell, what are you inspired by?
I find so much inspiration from other people-I’ve spent many years of my life as a caregiver for elderly. I love it. I love helping others…. Listening to stories of our local history, and lives of these strong women that I’ve cared for and blessed to spend so much time with. Listening to how these women over came hard times with their persistence and perseverance. The importance of being part of our local community and giving back. Both my grandmothers were widows fairly young- they were strong women that continued to raise their children by themselves. Both my grandmothers were bakers for local restaurants and both became caregivers. My grandmothers and their friends were such a part of our local community, I guess you’d say it’s in our blood! From them, I’ve collected amazing recipes and techniques. But also, it’s not about just good food but how much joy sitting around and sharing something made from scratch and sharing with people we love.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m a baker and a photographer. I guess you could say both businesses happened by accident just by simply doing things I love. The things I bake are from scratch. There’s just something about fresh, warm, home made cinnamon rolls or a loaf of bread that bring such great comfort and warmth. To bite into something from scratch, hand made. There’s just something special about that. Having my own business hasn’t been easy. I feel like I’m still figuring it out as I go. I guess if I’m not continuing to learn new things, I’d get bored. With the pandemic, it’s a different world we are living in. One thing I know, I’m having fun!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Public Square Coffee House for Avocado-beet hummus toast and a specialty coffee- do some shopping at some antique stores and thrift shops along La Mesa Blvd.
The Cave Store in La Jolla- explore the cave in the store and spend the day on the cliffs in La Jolla- and explore the hidden swings.
Lunch/ dinner at Taqueria Pepitos in Santee is my favorite place for mexican food!
Dog beach in Coronado
Wine touring in Ramona- great hidden gems here!
A day drive to Julian for antiquing and shopping. Stopping in Santa Ysabel for Dudleys Bakery, The Barn and Moms in Wynola. Cuyamaca Lake for photo ops. If you hit it around sunset your guaranteed to see deer and wild turkeys.
Trail ride on horseback at Little T Ranch in Lakeside
*https://hiddensandiego.net is where I always go looking for great places to explore!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I choose to surround myself with people that encourage, and support me! So everyone of my friends, and my close family have been amazing support- My husband, Jack. Puts up with my crazy hours and gets paid in broken cookies. My brother Ted, who puts in a weekly order to share with his work crew, my sister that orders a crazy amount of cinnamon rolls for her students. My amazing friends Cassie and Virginia. Without them, I’m not sure this wouldn’t have happened. Their encouragement, support and recipe secrets.
Of course my parents- that always support me no matter what crazy idea I come up with.
Our local San Diego community has been amazing. The support I’ve gotten as a small business owner has been amazing especially during these hard and strange times during this pandemic. I’ve had some loyal customers turn into great friends!
Have I mentioned I come from a line of great bakers? Both my grandmas baked pies for local restaurants and my Aunt Karen has passed on her amazing recipes!!!!