We had the good fortune of connecting with Hunter and Myra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hunter and Myra, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It all started with cinnamon rolls for easter morning back in April of 2020. I, Hunter, baked them and they were the talk of that day. Every one of my siblings rambled on about how I should go about selling them. My girlfriend, Myra, was there processing what everyone was saying. She knew I’m a decent cook and she wanted to be an entrepreneur, so she insisted we start a baking business. We really dove deep into making this a reality and started selling baked goods. We went ahead brainstorming and coming up with ideas and recipes that were uniquely delicious. Cookie flavors that would be surprising and original. That was the start of Pelirrojo Bakery!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Pelirrojo means redhead in Spanish. We created the name because we wanted both of us to be represented in our business! Hunter is a red-headed ginger and Myra comes from a Spanish heritage. Thus, combining a part of the both of us. Hunter is our main baker and Myra handles business and marketing. Together we’re a powerful team! We’d like to think what sets us apart from other baking businesses is we not only create unique flavors you’ve probably never have heard before, but we take the quality of our baked goods very seriously. Plus it’s not often that you hear the man is the baker! Slowly but surely we’re growing our business. It’s exciting to hear that people love our products. Getting to share what we’re passionate about is an amazing feeling. We have big dreams of one day opening a brick and mortar, and living our lives baking away in our little business.
Lots of flour, sweat, and hard work got us where we are today! We also couldn’t have continued growing if it wasn’t for the support of our family and other small businesses encouraging us to keep going! It’s never easy, especially when your girlfriend/boyfriend is also your business partner. There are always disagreements, rejection, and slow seasons, but we keep working hard and we believe we’re something special!
We’ve both learned to never give up and it’s never too late to go for your dreams.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
our favorite spots:
-Pescado Burracho (Drunken fish in Spanish) is one of our all-time favorite Mexican restaurants in Gilbert, this place is reasonably priced and plays on all pallets of your tongue. the nachos are a personal favorite with any type of protein.
-Peixoto Coffee in downtown chandler is arguably the best coffee in the East-valley, they grow, roast, and brew their own coffee.
-wind cave and camelback mountain are our personal favorite hikes in phoenix.
– phoenix progressive is more on the higher cost side, but their cocktails are the best and the food/ restaurant feels so homey and welcoming.
– Gilbert regional park, freestone park, or discovery park are all great parks to get out and walk or play fetch with your dog.
– desert botanical garden is a fun spot to go to if it’s not unbearably hot. the different types of cacti and succulents they have is off the charts!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our parents are our biggest supporters on this journey! Thomas Hicks, Hunter’s father, was generous enough to let us use his kitchen for all our baking and take us in with open arms. Never has he doubted that Pelirrojo Bakery could be something great! Myra’s mother, Lourdes Marquez, is our number one fan! She is constantly showing up to our nearest events, continuously ordering, and always gives us words of encouragement.
We couldn’t have succeeded without the love from our family!