We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexhandra Hotko and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexhandra, how does your business help the community or world
Outside of my love of sharing joy through food, my business helps the community by expanding awareness. A great phrase I lean on is ‘culinary diplomacy’. We get to know each other’s cultures through experiencing foods that have been passed down from previous generations. It may not be in the same language, or even look familiar, but it is a way to open a dialog. Additionally, I have a good number of clients that upon their first time seeing my baked goods were just so elated to see breads and pastries that they haven’t seen for years! Spreading joy and bringing people together (even remotely) are two ways that my business helps.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Hotko Bread Co focuses on Eastern & Central European breads and pastries, or Bohemian Baked Goods. There are not many other Arizona bakers that focus on recipes from that part of the world. I operate under the Cottage Law which allows me to bake from my home with some limitations on ingredients. This is both a great benefit and a challenge when it comes to high baking season! My professional experience in retail and wholesale plays into my business mindset on a daily basis. Between that, and having attended ASU for design, I already had a great foundation for my branding and brand development. From there it was just a matter of sharing my baked goods with the community and building interest in styles that many people are not yet familiar with locally. As a micro-business owner, every day presents a new challenge. This can be tough, but it also has pushed me to create new solutions and ideas that I might not have faced without the challenge. It helps to be building a network of other small business owners and entrepreneurs for games of ‘idea catch.’ I want the world to know that no matter how out of reach an idea may seem, when you break it down into little building blocks, it comes together much faster! There were times I wondered if there would even be an audience for my baked goods, but I kept going. For every one of those times, there have been 10 more that were filled with a new customer’s joy at finding something they hadn’t had for decades. To expect locals to support you, you have to support other locals!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In the pre-Covid days, my favorite places to introduce visitors to would have been the Jade Bar at The Sanctuary for a glass of wine at sunset, Caffe Boa on Mill for pasta and snacks on the patio, Cruente Tacos for salsas, tacos and a margarita, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Canyon Lake, hiking around Papago Park, grabbing a lobster roll at Nelson’s to be washed down at the Wandering Tortoise, checking out the farmers markets, sushi and sake at Harumi sushi before a show at the Cresent Ballroom or the Van Buren, heading to a D-Backs game or checking out Undertow and Century Grand.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are a vast array of people and organizations that have impacted myself and my business! First, obviously, would be my family. Without their recipes, support and willingness to share, I wouldn’t have a business in baked goods. Secondly, I would have to say that Local First Arizona had a great impact in the initial start up of my brand. Thru that organization, I was able to meet a diverse group of local business owners and entrepreneurs that aren’t shy about giving their two cents. Thirdly, the incredible farmers market leaders throughout the valley, in particular Sara of Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market and Bo of Uptown Farmers Market. These two ladies understand the importance of sharing a number of small business cultures with their community in an effort to make us all stronger together.

Website: https://www.hotkobreadco.com/
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