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Who: Bianca Puentes, owner of The Desert Pâtisserie, and a self-taught baker from the city of Indio.
What: Puentes started baking French Macarons and other French pastries about six years ago, and decided to enter her date flavored Macarons in Indio's Date Festival. Winning the "Judge's Choice" award inspired her to take the next step and start her own business.
Behind the scenes: Despite COVID and its restrictions, and with the nudging of her boyfriend, Puentes managed to obtain her business license this winter, and sells her tasty treats online, pick-up only. "I was so glad I did it, because everyone I came across was so nice and helpful," describes Puentes. "It made everything worth it!"
Right now: "During this time I think it is important to support and promote other local businesses, whether they are cottage food law operated like myself, operating food trucks/carts, or storefront businesses," offered Puentes.
Advice to others: "Be passionate, love what you do and most importantly, beauty sleep is crucial!"
Speaking personally: Puentes is mom to two "amazing" kids, Matthew (11) and Emilia (7). "They’re my biggest cheerleaders... and honestly, critics."
Before and after: A former receptionist in various medical fields, from hospice to physical therapy, Puentes says nothing beats having something that is your own.
Contact: Instagram: @thedesertpatisserie
Facebook: @The Desert Pâtisserie.
Phone: (760) 912-6909