We have been loving our "At Home With..." feature so much, we thought it would be really fun to share where people work as well! Our first guest to share her lovely work space is Amber Vander Vliet of Enjoy Cupcakes. "My husband & I opened Enjoy Cupcakes in April 2009. Our current storefront is in the tiny town of Los Olivos California, inside a wine tasting lounge named Saarloos and Sons. One thing we are known for is called “The Flight,” and this is when we specifically pair six different mini cupcakes with your wine tasting. I am continually inspired by local produce, flavors, wines and respect for food. I take advantage of the ingredients that grow in my yard and what the local farmers are offering for sale. Each week we introduce new flavors and have offered over 470 different cupcake flavors combinations to date. My happy place and responsibility is our bakery kitchen and my husband, Kevin, operates the retail division of Enjoy Cupcakes (he is known as the locally famous “cupcake man”)."
"I arrive between 4 and 4:30am, with a triple latte in hand! I get started baking cupcakes, cakes, right away. Shortly after, my amazing co-workers arrive. We work hard and fast, fulfilling orders and stocking the shop, but are sure to work in lots of laughs. I sneak in mini meals while working (typically greek yogurt or oatmeal, loaded with cupcake ingredients like fresh fruit, nuts, & spices). Kevin arrives, with our baby boy Foster and/or our daughter Opal in tow, around 10:00am to pick up the goodies for the shop. We are then able to catch our breath and finish off special orders and cakes with less time pressure. Some days we facilitate wedding tastings in our kitchen lobby area. Then comes the mass of dishes and clean up!" "We have an addiction and that’s cake stands and cake plates. We have hundreds and have spent 4 years collecting them. We constantly raid thrift shops, flea markets, antique stores, boutiques, etsy and ebay for unique cupcake display pieces. Our daughter refers them all as “treasure stores” and knows that almost every vacation involves scouring for them!"
"Enjoy Cupcakes also caters desserts and cakes for weddings, birthdays and special events. At many of our catered events, we “bring the bakery” to the party with the Enjoy Cupcakes 1960 fully restored vintage Shasta cupcake trailer in tow. We will be opening our second retail location this summer within the Santa Barbara Public Market in downtown Santa Barbara." Thank you so much, Amber, for sharing your space! Be sure to check out the Enjoy Cupcakes site or stop by and visit if you are in Los Olivos or Santa Barbara! xo. *all photos taken by Jennifer Young