Haines baker’s business plan can take the cake | KHNS Radio


Every yr the Path to Prosperity levels of competition aims to reward companies with a favourable affect on Southeast Alaska. Enterprises are judged based on their feasibility and their contribution to neighborhood improvement.

When her cell phone rang past week, Rebecca Kameika’s very first impulse was to disregard it. 

Kameika: “I was essentially ignoring the telephone contact contemplating it was google asking me for cash.”

She was pleasantly stunned when she answered. Kameika is just one of two winners of this year’s Route to Prosperity competitors. The opposition began ten many years ago and has distributed over a fifty percent million dollars in prizes. Kameika, along with a Juneau lady who operates a mushroom farm, will receive $ 25 K really worth of organization progress help.

Kameika: “They really don’t deposit $25k in our lender accounts, they do some thing that is actually much better for the reason that we really don’t get taxed. They pay out on our behalf. So we post for approval issues that we are wanting to obtain, they approve it or not approve it, and they spend that seller straight.”

Kameika’s small business is named Costa Brava – she prepares cakes for exclusive functions. The plan that won her the prize is to increase this into a cafe. Her baked creations have turn into common in Haines. So Kameika assumed:

Kameika: “Maybe I could have some genuinely excellent success on a greater scale, the thought was ‘hey, I want to do a tapas wine and dessert bar principle. So open a cafe that would have tapas, so a great deal of foodstuff from my childhood. I’m cuban. And then carrying out wine, also local beers, and then even now having the dessert option because that is truly what I’m most passionate about.”

Kameika’s passion commenced early, but her route to the oven was roundabout.

Kameika: “When I was a kid I always loved getting in the kitchen, I really obtained into baking and I preferred to go to culinary school, but my father claimed ‘you have to have to go get a authentic diploma initially.’ So I went and obtained a diploma in political science, and then I went and acquired my masters in small business. And then I have worked for a few fortune 500 firms. And I just sort of dropped touch with baking.”

All through the pandemic, in need to have of a innovative outlet, she begun baking and marketing cakes at the Haines farmer’s market. Her cakes speedily attained a reputation. Two several years afterwards she was much too hectic to sell at the markets, with a number of orders for marriage cakes and batches of cookies for tour companies. She and her boyfriend hire two adjoining apartments. This has permitted her to dedicate her kitchen area to baking. She is capable to perform her business predominantly from this space.

Kameika: “I do not place any estimate ’normal’ food stuff in that space, so it will make it less difficult. But I do have to have to grow.”

She wished to obtain a restaurant in Skagway. But the expense is prohibitive so she is looking for other options. 

Kameika: “There is a cafe that is for sale in Skagway that I’ve centered my small business prepare all over, although in purchase to make that get the job done, every thing likely in, purchasing the building, original functioning prices, hard cash flow demands, any fixes to the creating, items like that, and further gear, I require about $ 600 k in lending. You know undertaking that investigation was wonderful, and I do appreciate that room but also I’m hoping that probably there is a area for hire. Due to the fact it would be actually excellent to go into renting a room and not using on so considerably financial debt originally in order to make it come about.”

Kameika suggests she desires to hold serving Haines, but the number of summer website visitors in Skagway would allow her to make adequate to remain open the rest of the calendar year. She would be equipped to deliver marriage ceremony cakes on a plane or a boat. 

Her accomplishment took prospects and Kameika would like to thank all the people today who have bought her creations due to the fact she begun.

Kameika: “Oh, and I want to consider, hmmm, my boyfriend for working with me at 2 am more than a marriage cake that I consider I messed up and he’s telling me it’s wonderful. So there is that much too.”

Kameika will use her $25,000 prize income to acquire a large mixer, a fryer, and other kitchen area equipment. You can see her creations on her website, costabravaalaska.com


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