Meet just a few of the women business owners who contribute to the everyday growth and value of their communities and economies throughout Mt. Hood Territory.
Kitchen at Middle Ground Farms (Wilsonville) - Jessica Hansen
Whether you're a home chef or simply a food lover, you will want to spend a day with Chef Jessica Hansen of Kitchen at Middleground Farms. Her sparkling personality and wholesome and holistic approach to food make her classes fun, and even what seems a daunting recipe to learn at first turns out to be as simple as it is delicious. The ingredients from right there on her family's farm and from neighboring farms, so you know everything will be fresh, seasonal and local. The backstory of how the kitchen came to be is a fascinating one, you can hear it in our Territory Tales podcast.
FAT Cupcake (Oregon City, Happy Valley, Portland) – Anjelica Hayes
Ajelica Hayes opened Fat Cupcake in Oregon City in the fall of 2017. She had no professional culinary training and learned from experimenting in her kitchen, watching YouTube videos and searching Google. Since opening her first location, sales have exploded, and her business has grown to a second and third location. She's selling more than 1,500 cupcakes a day to a hungry clientele who crave her sweet and savory creations. She is always creating new flavors and combinations and designing cupcakes that are as tasty as they are beautiful.
Kyra’s Bake Shop (Lake Oswego) – Kyra Bussanich
Kyra Bussanich owns Kyra's Bake Shop in downtown Lake Oswego, which is a completely gluten free facility. She developed the bakery and the recipes before gluten free was really a part of the larger conversation out of her own necessity. Kyra had spent many years battling serious stomach issues, and doctors had tried a variety of treatments without results. She decided to cut gluten from her diet as a last effort and before she knew it her condition was improving. Kyra believed in her recipes so much that she took them to the hit Food Network show, "Cupcake Wars" and won. She now holds the record as the only four-time winner of the show.
A Boring Life (Damascus) – Serafina Palandech
The newest business on our list, A Boring Life, opened on March 7, 2020. It's part cafe, part specialty food store and part wellness shop. You can stop by in the morning for coffee and a handmade, gluten free doughnut. Enjoy a lovely lunch from a menu filled with Mediterranean flavors. You can also pick up a jar of local honey, a bit of bean-to-bar chocolate and homewares made by local makers and farmers. If you are headed to a party, there are flowers, plants, and one-of-a-kind gifts.
The Perky Pantry (Oregon city) - Melissa Downs
Melissa is a true pioneer in a city built by pioneers, she's the owner of the first legal food truck in all of Oregon City called The Perky Pantry. Located inside The Hive Taphouse, she serves a wide selection of delicious foods. While all amazing, the Philly Cheesesteak is out of this world, and something that must be tried by everyone at least once. Her pierogi are also delicious; you can see how they're made in our Facebook Live video.