Tia Meyer, CEO, Owner, Chief Baker, the night kitchen

Baking is a strong household tradition in my family, it’s in my genes. Growing up, my mom baked homemade pies, fruit crisps, cookies, and cakes from scratch; my dad always made the best buttermilk pancakes.

My sister and I loved to measure and mix the ingredients all together. Both my great grandfather and grandmother were professional bakers. My great grandfather owned bakeries during and after the Great Depression. My grandmother used to bake 3,000 pounds of cakes in her home kitchen every year; when she retired, she continued her home baking business with me as her helper. Inspired by my grandparents, I have been developing recipes and baking at home for years, and now I’m ready to turn my dream of carrying on the family tradition.

The night kitchen has benefited from receiving services from El Pájaro Community Development Corporation and the Small Business Development Center. With their expertise the night kitchen has become a reality.

Giving back to my Santa Cruz community is important to me. I have worked in the social services field with at-risk youth, the homeless, and their families, and I’m committed to paying my good fortune forward. As my business develops and grows I hope to be able to provide internships and employment to individuals others may think are unemployable at this Santa Cruz Artisan Cookie Company.