GirlPower serves up sweets while empowering woman
A young entrepreneur has made it in Louisville’s “foodie” society.
Chef’s Space, on Muhammed Ali is a upcoming commercial kitchen that’s going to help entrepreneurs in the Louisville foodie scene start their businesses.
One of the foodies, a high-school teen, says she is all about empowering young women.
“I’ve been baking since I’ve been walking, so my grandma taught me when I was six. I made my first Easy Back cake, and I just progressed from there. I still have (my Easy Bake Oven), my first one. I kept it. I’m going to put it in my first store,” Emie Dunagan, 17, said.
That may not be too far off for Dunagan.
In two years, her business, Em’s Delights, has been a sweet success.
“Cakes, cupcakes, pastries, anything in the baking realm, but at Heine Brothers, I sell miniature cakes,” Dunagan said.
Five of Heine brothers’ 13 local stores carry her cakes. It all got started with a class at UofL.
“It’s called the Young Entrepreneur Academy. I was in the very last class they held here, and it was a nine month program where I went once a week for four hours and learned how to create a business,” Dunagan said.
With her grandmother’s help, who is now Dunagan’s employee, Em’s Cakes and pastries first became popular through Facebook and Twitter.
“Within five years, I want to be a good truck and then in 10 years, a store front. But right now, I’m in an industrial kitchen downtown called Chef’s Space,” Dunagan said.
The location is where she stores her delights for mass production.
The kitchen is meant to help foodie entrepreneurs but also brings awareness of food quality and food business to the west Louisville area.
“We’re going to be the next generation in charge, and I think we should be in charge in business and teach the younger girls as well,” Dunagan said.
Duncan is a senior at Assumption High School. She continues to acquire investors for her company and plans to create a kick start GoFundMe campaign in the near future to reach her goal for a food truck.Chef's Space, Easy Bake Oven, Emie Dunagan, Heine Brothers, passion, teen, Young Entrepreneur Academy