Dessert Gallery owner, Sara Brook starts every day by walking through the bakery and checking out every station.
Looking back across her decades of successful business ownership, it feels easy to say that Sara Brook must have known what she was doing when she decided to embark on a career as a baker rather than go to law school.
It was a risk that not even she understood at the time—she just knew that she was following her heart. But it took faith in herself for Brook to make her dream work for her.
She recalls how, when she was preparing to attend law school, she had lunch with Judge Ruby Sondock, who encouraged Brook to follow her real passion: making desserts that bring out our inner. Desserts are part of many of our emotional moments in life—our celebrations and even, sometimes, our sorrows—and she loves it when her desserts evoke those memories.
Stocked with childhood favorites like yellow cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate- dipped cookies with ample chocolate chunks, nothing about Dessert Gallery is pretentious. The menu is whimsical, nostalgic and covered in generous portions of frosting that appeal to both young children and the grown-up kids who drive them there.
Yeah, not yet. She has made a point to hire refugees, and while their countries of origin have changed over the years, their presence at Dessert Gallery has not.
Many have been employed there for decades, even through generations. She recalls how one employee had to bring her baby to her interview, and Brook got to hold him while they talked. Brook is the biggest fan of the people who work for her.
We watched Bruno frost a series of French vanilla cakes with a practiced hand and reflected on the amount of experience that goes into his work. Making desserts by hand means making them with love, she believes; Brook says she will instruct her staff to add amor and they understand that means more frosting, more chocolate, more of whatever will take that dessert over the top. When her mother passed away, Brook turned to the recipe box that she had passed down.
As Brook defined for herself what kind of business she would bring to the world, she became the role model that she never had, proving how fulfilling a left turn in life can be. Sharing a little bit of amor drawn from her own family bonds, Sara Brook puts love into the world in a way that simply makes her happy.
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