Baklava bakery owner trades master's program for growing her business

Nov 22, 2022
Rita Magalde, owner of Sheer Ambrosia in Draper, Utah, is starting her busy season and planning to bring on her first full-time employees.
Rita Magalde, center, with her employees Desi Hayda, left, and Hayda's mother, Helene Simpson. This will be their third holiday season working together.
Courtesy Rita Magalde

Surging energy costs push British businesses to the brink

Sep 30, 2022
The U.K.'s rate of business failure has climbed far above pre-pandemic levels as economic uncertainty reigns.
Energy-intensive businesses like bakeries are suffering energy price shocks. Above, workers at Sourdough Sophia in London.
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The holidays are a good time to be in the baklava business

Nov 15, 2021
Rita Magalde, owner of Sheer Ambrosia, is shifting to working full time on making and selling her confections ahead of the holidays.
“It’s going to be a long two months," said Rita Magalde about what's likely to be a hectic holiday season for her bakery, Sheer Ambrosia.
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"It's night and day from where it was at the beginning of COVID" for one Black-owned business

Sep 30, 2020
Nearly four months after a list of Black-owned businesses in Utah was published, Rita Magalde's bakery is booming with new customers.
Rita Magalde with some of her sweet treats. Her business boomed during the holiday season.
Carlos Linares/Photo courtesy of Rita Magalde

Nancy Silverton is not an entrepreneur or a chef. She is a cook.

Jun 24, 2019
Restaurant entrepreneur Nancy Silverton on 30 years of La Brea Bakery.
Nancy Silverton founded La Brea Bakery in 1989.
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Inside the sweet business of Zingerman's Bakehouse

Dec 26, 2017
The bakery has an outside-the-box business model, but it works really well.
A sliced Zingerman's chestnut baguette.
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Wedding cake case goes to the Supreme Court

Dec 5, 2017
The Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments today in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He said a state law forbidding discrimination on grounds of sexual discrimination forces him to act against his Christian beliefs. Supporters of the couple argue that if you go […]

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Revamping a billion-dollar brand: Cinnabon

Dec 27, 2016
The maker of gooey rolls wants to attract millennials with its new look.

Philadelphia's Italian market lures holiday shoppers

Dec 23, 2015
Generations of customers stand in line for specialties like cannoli and ravioli.

Don't mess with my pepperoni roll

Aug 18, 2015
A convenience store chain learns of West Virginians' passion for the baked item.