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How it began
In December of 2014, dad underwent a quadruple bypass due to the discovery of advanced cardiovascular disease. During his recovery, he began to research why this disease is so prevalent. He discovered that while heredity can make some of us susceptible, it’s our diets made up of high carbs, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, gluten, trans-fats and refined sugars that advance the disease.
Six months after surgery, and after speaking with numerous cardiologists, dad tossed out his prescribed medications. He cleaned out all the cupboards and fridge replacing both with heart-healthy, non-GMO, organic foods.
His recovery from that moment on was miraculous.
On the first anniversary of his surgery, our family set out to bake him a cake using non traditional ingredients. It took about two years to finally pull something out of the oven that .... tasted like cake.
December 2017, a local coffee shop - Urban Grind - asked if we could bake cakes their customers.. We brought two dozen to start. A few hours later, they called to order ore. That day. Heartfelt Bakehouse was born.
In March of 2020, all of our our customers had to close their stores due to a stay at home order in our city. We chose to go direct to consumer to keep our business going. Since March, we've been putting aside money from every cake we sell and making monthly donations back to our retailers. They were there for us. it's our turn to be there for them.
Ryan's background is in operations, workflow and process. But he discovered his passion for baking while taking over his parents kitchen every weekend for two years experimenting with cake recipes. He now finds himself at home in Heartfelt's Kitchen overseeing every aspect of the baking process. Ryan is married, loves riding his Kawasaki Ninja when it's not raining and lives in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Marc's background in food dates back to 1984 when he opened his first of many restaurants. In 1987, he co-founded founded My Favorite Muffin, which has since grown into a national franchise. Marc is an accomplished musician and recording artist. He lives in the Pearl District of Portland with his wife and 4th son.