We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Ruland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
If I had to pinpoint the most important factor behind the success of my little bakery, it would have to be how much I love what I do. Even if I wasn’t making any money, I would still spend my free time baking or doing something creative. You can’t start a business if you don’t have a passion for it — you just can’t. You’ll get burnt out and want to move on to better things. Now this bakery is like my baby that I want to watch grow and succeed! All of my love, money, time and energy have been put into it. There is no half in/half out when doing something like this. You have to go for it, you have to be committed, and you have to be patient when things are slow or don’t work out how you thought they would. Starting a business is a marathon, not a sprint.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Everything we do is a little piece of art! Sweet Dreams Bakery OC is different than other bakeries because every baked good is unique or customized in its own way. We are beyond proud of the variety of items we offer, including (but not limited to); cakes, cupcakes, cookies, chocolate strawberries, cake pops, cakesicles, cake cones, rice krispie pops, macarons and different types of bars. We are more than excited to grow as a family business and to expand into a commercial bakery.
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?
My favorite spot in Orange County is Peppertree Lane in Laguna Beach. There is a gelato store and a candy shop, and the whole lane makes you feel like you’re at Disneyland. In the surrounding area, there are tons of rooftop bars, restaurants and places to shop. With the beach right across the street, you could spend days in this beautiful little town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents are undeniably the reason I am where I am today — this goes for both my personal life and my career. They have helped me in and out of the kitchen more than anyone could ever imagine. My mom bakes countless amounts of cakes and cookies so that I can have more time to decorate everything, while my dad helps me with finances, clean up, and even makes buttercream. There is NO way I could do it without them! They are my rock and provide so much love, support and encouragement.
Beside my parents, the community of people who follow the bakery, order from us or even just send a few nice words our way have such an impact. Every little bit counts and means so much!
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