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Women Business Owners Crafting History in Mt Hood Territory

Casey Knopik | 03/22/2019 | Food, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Shopping

In honor of March being National Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting amazing women business owners throughout our destination. Meet just a few of the women who contribute to the everyday growth and value of their communities and economies.

Denim Salvage (Oregon City) – Tara Vincente 
Owner Tara Vincente of this eco-friendly boutique believes denim should fit…perfectly. Denim Salvage offers both new and recycled jeans that have been measured by staff. Those measurements are then listed on each jeans’ tags in addition to information about the materials. Upon arrival, each customer is measured as a starting point to find the best-fitting jeans. Denim Salvage also offers alterations, so each pair purchased is a winner.

Milwaukie Mercantile for Wellness/Molly Muriel (Milwaukie) – Branda Tiffany 
Branda Tiffany’s interest in health started with herbs and grew from there. Her professional training and schooling led to launching her own product line Molly Muriel 17 years ago. Over time a larger space was needed and she came across Milwaukie Mercantile and set up the wellness shop in the front, opening in 2013. Her favorite part of the business is helping customers find a natural way to heal, lift their mood or simply feel better. 

FAT Cupcake (Oregon City, Happy Valley, Portland) – Anjelica Hayes Fat Cupcakes Angelica Hayes sampling a cupcake
Ajelica Hayes opened Fat Cupcake in Oregon City a little more than three years ago. 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 now 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, 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. 


Casey Knopik promotes Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory as an amazing destination to visit and stay. When he's not road tripping with his wife and daughter, he can be found hiking, kayaking and cycling in The Territory. Oh, and he likes pie.

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