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

Hi Heather, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
We help with many different causes, organizations,and benefits! We’ve done work with the Arizona Burn Center, Animal Rescues, Veteran benefits, Several different medical benefits, Women Centers, Children benefits, LGBTQIA+ benefits and more. We do our best to give back! Whether its donations or working events with proceeds going to these amazing causes, we support our community.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m not just a baker, I’m a cake artist. People give me challenges like low histamine, or gluten free, soy free, nut free, vegan cakes and they want it beautiful. I am proud that I can offer that, I think that sets me apart.

I got to where I am slowly, I have always baked, since I was a child. I started seriously baking in 2011. I was the Allergy Baker for special events at a fine dining restaurant in Scottsdale. Worked along side several bakers and bakeries from deep family european bakeries to high class country clubs.

There is always challenges. I have dysautonomia. It is a chronic condition that effects the autonomic nervous system. Thats a huge challenge! Everyday is different. I am also a mom and a wife. So balancing everything while owning and running my own business is a challenge.

I love what I do! Thats what helps with overcoming challenges! Being gentle on myself, having a great support system, and my amazing customers! Those are all great ways to handle challenges. I have a ton of customers who have chronic illnesses as well, that is why specializing in allergies is so important! Bringing some CAKE MAGIC to customers totally makes it worth it!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some favorite spots in Arizona Food: The Tamale Store, Moira, Raven Cafe

Things to do: Cobra Arcade Bar, Undertow Tiki, Pink House Boutique.

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?
My customers! They deserve so much praise and credit! My customers are so sweet and loyal. Without my amazing customers I wouldn’t have Sugared Edge. Customers mean so much to me and doing new and great things for them each year just excites me!

Website: www.sugarededge.com

Instagram: sugared_edge_bakes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sugarededge

Yelp: https://yelp.to/9OW7XR12Hmb

Other: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdMC9F21/

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