Starbucks takes notice of local bakery product

- It was a risky decision: quitting a steady job - with a recent promotion - with an international airline company, to pursue a love for baking.

Now, that risk is paying off for a Valley woman, as Starbucks is taking notice of her creations.

"This is where the magic happens!" proclaimed Nina Payne, owner of Sassy Cakes By Nina near Bethany Home and 16th Street in Phoenix. Payne put the place together herself, with only one part-time employee. The place sells baked products of many varieties, and Payne said it's been tough.

"Being a single mom, it's been tough trying to run a business, and be a Soccer Mom, and do all that, but we just make it happen," said Payne.

Payne said the place has kept her busy, but little did she know it was about to get busier.

"I was working one day, my son was graduating high school," said Payne. "I was closing early, and this lovely woman come into the shop and I, like, basically scooted her out. 'I'm so sorry, I'm closing early, my son is graduating, I have to close, I have to get out of here'."

That woman, as it turns out, was a Starbucks representative who was looking for a local bakery to showcase in stores throughout the Valley. Thankfully, the woman called back a few weeks later, and set up a taste test. Payne and her son picked out the treats that they would showcase. Now, you can buy Payne's Vanilla Cake dipped in Chocolate, and rolled in coconut, at three Starbucks locations, with three more stores to be added next month.


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