My full-service bakery provides gourmet treats and pastries that are made with love and fresh ingredients. My business is located in the heart of San Francisco at the Westfield Mall. I have always had a passion for baking so I decided to open a business and help make people’s lives a little sweeter. I also wanted to give my daughters something to be proud of and to have something they can call their own. Savion’s Sweets is a small business that we are trying to take to the level of being just a Business. We want to grow and open more locations so that our treats can be enjoyed in various locations. We pride the business on using the freshest ingredients and making something for almost everyone to enjoy. We want to be a part of many special occasions for many years to come. We also adding events such as Girls Night, Kids and Adults Decorating Classes, Job Team building events other social events. We are also a part of a program that donates cakes and treats to families that can not afford them.
I grew up baking with my mother as a child. She wasn’t a professional baker but enjoyed baking with her kids all the time. Once I became a mother to 3 daughters, I baked with them every chance I could get. My daughters would always volunteer me to make all the baked goods for all the bake sales at school. Pretty soon I was baking for events and parties. I worked at a Youth Center for over 15 years and baked life sweet for our participants every day. I started a side baking business and then it took off from there. In 2012 I decided to take my baking to a higher level and attended Le Cordon Bleu Pastry Program. I completed the program and became a Certified Pastry Chef. I completed my internship at a bakery named Cups and Cakes Bakery. I loved the family atmosphere. 5 years later the owner, Jennifer called me to say that she was selling her entire bakery for $25,000. I had $10,000 saved up so I gave all to her and tried many ways to come up with the rest. It was Mother’s Day 2017 and Jennifer gave me a call and said that she would accept the $10,000 and I could have the bakery. All I could do was be ever so thankful as I was about to live my lifelong dream.
The business was going great and then the pandemic hit us and the building that I rented was sold. The pandemic hit us in March 2020 and in April 2020 the new owner wanted to double the rent. Long story but I ended up moving out and was devastated. My brain went to work trying to figure out my next move. In September 2020, the Westfield Mall gave me a call and invited me into the mall. That is also when I was in the process of rebranding and changing the name of the business. Savion’s Sweets has sentimental meaning as it is named after my great nephew who was tragically taken from us in October 2019. I changed the name so that we can keep his memory alive.
I opened up in the mall in March 2021 and business has been good but we still need a little assistance to help us get back on our feet. Our bakery is family-oriented although the employees are not our relatives we do consider them family.