We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Koehler and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting my own business has always been a dream of mine since I was young. Through high school and college baking was a sort of therapy for me, and a way to step back and take some time for myself. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in education and absolutely loved teaching, but being a military spouse made it difficult due to us moving so frequently. After we welcomed our two sons into the world, my dream of starting my own business while being a stay-at-home mom came to fruition. I wanted to be able to be completely involved in my children’s lives while also pursuing something for myself. I’m so blessed to have been able to find that balance.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One amazing thing about being a military spouse is the support that constantly surrounds you. We are a community, a community that uplifts each other. My business would not be where it is today if it was not for the outstanding support I have received when I first launched and every day since then. Moving when duty calls is difficult, but when you have other military spouses that have been in your shoes helping you every step of the way, it makes it easier. My business started on the Marine Corps Base in 29 Palms, and continued here on Camp Pendleton in Oceanside due to word of mouth within the military community. I’ve worked with various organizations who deliver packages and baked goods to Marines in the barracks. I’ve worked with the Military Spouse Association, multiple unit Deployment Readiness Coordinators and hosted cookie classes for children of deployed service members. I’ve worked with local libraries, helped with fundraisers, with the Exceptional Family Member Program offered through the military, local school systems, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and many more. I would not have had these amazing opportunities if it was not for our tight-knit military community that I am so thankful for. I am most proud of all of the friends and connections I have made through serving my community through something I love: baking! It has not always been easy. The nights are long and my hands ache from work, but it is all worth it. I have learned to always be true to myself and my brand. I started this business to make people happy, and I am so proud to say that I have done just that.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Southern California has so very much to offer! Being from the southeast, food is right up there at the top of my priority list! Let’s face it, us southerners love to eat! Oceanside and other surrounding areas have some amazing little spots to pop in and be able to get a delicious meal. That Boy Good in Oceanside is one of my absolute favorites, as well as this adorable little Italian place called Cassano’s in downtown San Clemente. It has an amazing vibe, delicious on-tap beers and drool-worthy food. We have season passes to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and try to visit them often. I also love to catch a Padres game any chance I get. The ballpark is absolutely beautiful, and the perfect weather San Diego has during all of baseball season makes wanting to catch a double-header a no-brainer. Just walking through Gaslamp in San Diego or near the beach in La Jolla make for an amazing day. I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful and exciting place.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Being able to start my own business did not happen due to just my efforts. I would not be where I am today without an amazing and supportive husband, friends cheering me on, and family always being there when I needed advice.

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Image Credits
Iris & Honey Photography

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