We had the good fortune of connecting with Salpy Bedrosian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Salpy, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and am a first generation daughter of Armenian & Egyptian immigrants. Growing up as a product of 2 beautifully rich cultures filled with so much history and distinct perspective, has become the blueprint for my life. Both sides are deep rooted in hard work. perseverance, authenticity, staying humble, and with the idea of approaching everyone and everything with pure intentions.
Family,a solid work ethic, and food were always at the forefront of everything. My wonderfully hardworking parents managed to provide for my brother & I, and were still present for every assignment or activity. When I wasn’t with them, I was with my grandparents, who came to this country with nothing other than the shirts on their backs and a few dollars in their pockets. I grew up so close to them, and their influence and stories about the old country, surviving genocide, oppression, and carving a place for themselves and their children in a strange place was always something that resonated with me. That strength is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I try to live my life with the same intention, kindness, and solidity that they displayed no matter how tough things got. They have inspired me to try to carve my own unique place in this world , and to leave people and places better than when I first came across them.
From a young age the importance of food and feeding people were presented to me as the utmost sign of love and respect you can show to another human being. The feeling of pure joy I always felt while we enjoyed a home cooked meal or pastry together, is my ultimate euphoria. By some miracle, I have found my way to *sort of* mimic that slice of heavenly nostalgia, and to have the honor to share it with the masses (no one does it like the mamas & grandmamas, but I’m trying!)
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the founder of Got The Goods Los Angeles, a pandemic born bakery. I lost my job due to Covid and decided to follow my dreams in a sweet way. At its core, I wanted Got The Goods LA to be more than just another bakery. I wanted it to be different by being a brand people could trust for its authenticity and consistency. For a baked good to actually feel like home. No cookie cutter things (pun intended), and for every goodie to feel like it was personally handcrafted and tailored for you and your tastebuds. The highest honor has been hearing people craving things I make, and wanting to share that with their loved ones. Were best known and loved for our cookies, and I am so stoked to be able to provide so many people with what they tell me is the best cookie they’ve ever had 🙂
I am most proud and excited by the work I am doing with different productions all over LA, by providing craft services with goods for TV & movie sets. Having the opportunity to work in Hollywood alongside some amazing people and huge productions is absolutely surreal. I wake up everyday in total awe that this is what I’m doing for work now. Knowing that my cookies and other baked goods are feeding the cast & crew of some of my favorite shows & movies is a feeling that never gets old, and one that I don’t take for granted. I am also proud to be giving back to my community whenever I can, whether it be donating baked goods to raise money, or contributing to social justice causes and organizations.
It definitely hasn’t been easy, especially during a pandemic. Navigating through the logistics of running and growing a self funded business isn’t a cake walk lol, but every mistake or obstacle has turned out to be a most valuable lesson. No one really knows how much you’re truly putting into your product, and when that’s not properly executed or received it can be difficult to pick yourself back up and move on. The hardest thing for me has been saying no, and managing a healthy work/life balance. I try to constantly remind myself of how fortunate I am, and how well worth everything is in the end.
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?
I LOVE this question! Always trying to be a tourist in my own city. In no particular order:
Catch a Kings game at Staples center, followed by an old fashioned and French dip sandwich at Coles in Downtown.
A LAFC game at the Banc.
A concert or show at any music venue on Sunset.
Hollywood Bowl for a picnic & concert.
A hike to the Hollywood sign.
Bike ride from Santa Monica to Venice.
Pyro Pats in Studio City for some amazing hot chicken.
Black Market Liquor Bar for dinner & drinks.
Lunch on Melrose at Oui followed by vintage clothes shopping at iamkoko.la.
Jon & Vinnys on Fairfax for lunch, dinner, or discovering new wines.
Esso’s Bistro in the valley or Falafel Arax in Little Armenia for some amazing Armenian food.
The Broad museum for Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room.
Block Party in Highland Park for my favorite adult beverages.
Margot in Culver City for brunch.
More Than Waffles in Encino for Breakfast.
Monty’s in Koreatown for the best vegan burgers.
Broad Street Oyster Co. in Malibu for some amazing seafood.
Niko Sushi in Tarzana, for a local favorite sushi spot.
Daikokuya Ramen in little Tokyo for a huge hug for your soul.
Bay Cities in Santa Monica for sandwiches followed by a beach picnic.
L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Hollywood for all things truffle followed by a rooftop movie.
Acasa food truck for some amazing Tacos & nachos.
Dancing at La Descarga in Hollywood (amazing mojitos and burlesque!)
Bourgeois Pig in Hollywood for coffee.
I can keep going but well be here for awhile if I continued 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe everything to my real life angels! I would be nowhere without my grandmothers (RIP), who are my all time SHEro’s and inspirations in the kitchen. My Mom, who is a reminder of all things beautiful in this world, and the epitome of a ray of sunshine. My fiancé, who has not only been my partner and support system, but the force in my life that has driven me to believe in myself and to get out and actually execute things. And to my work partner in crime & dear friend, Charlie for believing in me and my business enough to give us a chance to succeed. Forever in debt to these wonderful humans for the love, support, and impact they have had on me in my life, personally & professionally.
Yelp: Got The Goods Los Angeles