For 11 years, Jill Shlesinger labored as the overall supervisor of a Strip espresso store, however that modified through the pandemic. Shlesinger thought she’d finally head again to work, however the firm bought seemingly in a single day. Without any discover or severance pay, she says, she discovered herself utterly and unexpectedly unemployed.
What occurred subsequent is much more surprising. “The last thing I thought would happen is that I wouldn’t return to my career,” she explains.
The vintage-lifestyle fanatic instantly turned to baking—particularly, studying how to bake treats she may eat whereas on a ketogenic eating regimen.
“I’ve been cooking and was passionate about making people happy through my food for a long time,” Shlesinger says. When she couldn’t discover something within the retailer to fulfill her candy tooth, she started experimenting in her personal kitchen and gifting away care packages filled with her desserts.
With the assist of considered one of her associates, Shlesinger determined to begin her personal bakery, Starburst Parlor, which makes a speciality of keto-friendly meals.
“I didn’t want anyone’s pity or to feel bad for me,” Shlesinger says about her work scenario. “Everyone was going through something similar.” It wasn’t till Shlesinger informed her buddy what occurred that she discovered the motivation to open her personal store. “When I left her house that day, I was like, OK, this is what you’re going to do.”
Shlesinger signed a lease for a constructing off Charleston and Rancho in August, and the build-out must be accomplished by March, she says. In the meantime, she bakes her keto treats—bagels, cookies, cheesecakes and extra—in a commissary kitchen and takes orders on her web site, starburstparlor.com. An assortment of her desserts are additionally obtainable in any respect Mothership Coffee places and at Sunrise Coffee on Sunset Road.
As for the menu, it’s constantly rising and evolving. “I’m always looking for something new and exciting,” Shlesinger says. “Most of my creations are client-inspired, and that’s the most exciting thing for me—that I could make something they’ve been missing in their life.”