We had the good fortune of connecting with Lola Forbes and Chris Szydlowski and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lola and Chris, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
We originally created Spooky’s Swirls as a food truck concept. We knew we wanted to do gluten free but when deciding what product we would specialize in the answer was easy: cinnamon buns! We quickly outgrew our little food truck and had to come up with an out of the box way to grow. We found a storefront with room to greatly expand our gluten free menu while mixing in our second love, horror and sci fi movies. We knew we were fulfilling a need for delicious gluten free baked goods, but we set out to create a business that just let us have some fun and create exciting themed desserts and pastries.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We are business owners and work very hard to keep up with the demands of owning a small business, but we are artists first. We create every menu item ourselves and make everything from scratch. Our cupcakes and pastries pull from pop culture and movie references and we get to make things that are fun, creative AND delicious. We do gluten free and curbside so good it’s scary! It takes more work sometimes but we want our customers to have baked goods that they can’t get just anywhere.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of favorite spots include the Botanical Gardens, Phoenix Science Museum, Phoenix Art museum and if it is the right season, ZooLights.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We would love to shout out our customers first! They are the only reason our business has been a success and why we get to do what we love. We would also shoutout the city of chandler for giving our business a great place to grow.

Website: spookysswirls.com

Instagram: @spookys_swirls

Facebook: facebook.com/spookysswirls

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