We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Vassett Chad Day and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maria Vassett, how did you come up with the idea for your business?

We started The Salted Knot during the 2020 pandemic after the music industry shut down. As a concert photographer for 12 years, I have been honored to be the house photographer for Live Nation and Celebrity Theatre, along with shooting for such publications as Rolling Stone, Arizona Republic, and others. So when the concerts stopped, I stopped. I was lucky to still have my job working with young adults on the Gila River reservation.

But things changed, as they did for everyone.

Chad has taught English at MCC for years, and then took a position in the Writing Center. After COVID hit, he lost his regular schedule, so we had to change things up fast.

Since we’re known for our tenacious side hustles, we started making soft pretzels from scratch. We decided to make them for friends and for their friends, and then for anyone who just needed a little joy in their life. After that, things took off! Who knew?

Now we’re rockin’ out delicious handmade soft pretzels and getting back on track.

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 like to call ourselves the home of the rock-n-roll pretzel! We offer boxes of pretzel goodness for Curbside Pickup and Delivery. So whether you’re in the Tempe area or not, give us a try! We guarantee that our pretzels are better than any effin’ mall pretzels.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
After living in Tempe for 30 years, we would definitely ask our friends to visit when the air outside is crisp! The Tempe Festival of the Arts is a must in March or December, with plenty of people-watching, great food, and local artists. Jumping the new trolley for a ride would be a good way to experience what Mill Ave has to offer. Dinner at House of Tricks is a lovely way to spend a Saturday evening, which ends with a late-night drink at Casey Moore’s. Also, taking a drive to The Pork Shop in Queen Creek, managed by Mr. Fantastical, is a must for anyone who loves a true, old-fashioned butcher shop and a lot of fast-talking fun! They’ve been around since the 1940s and do it right! Brats and Polish sausage for nice BBQ at home is the way to go!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our shoutout goes to our friends and customers who have supported us and have spread the word to their friends. Word of mouth is where it’s at!

Website: https://www.thesaltedknotaz.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesaltedknotaz/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesaltedknotaz

Other: thesaltedknotaz@gmail.com

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