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Frankford Youth Visit A Cupcake Wonderland at Globe Dye Works

ArtsRising facilitated a career awareness session yesterday between youth affiliated with the Junior Garden Club/Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Committee and the co-founders of A Cupcake Wonderland at the Globe Dye Works factory in Frankford.  The group was introduced to Lilly Fischer and Nima Etemadi, of A Cupcake Wonderland, and toured their kitchen, which is located in the newly renovated factory space.  The meeting demonstrated the potential for garden-to-table links in the community and showcased how creative expression can be the basis of small business ownership. 

Throughout the tour, Lilly and Nima spoke about their experience growing small a business rooted in passion and creativity.  The young people asked questions throughout the tour and were particularly curious about what it was like to be a contestant on the Food Network Show “Cupcake Wars.”  Lilly highlighted that hard work and risk-taking are cornerstones of small business ownership and explained that the lasting impression of her TV success was the validation the effort she put into her dream of having her own cupcake business.   Lilly and Nima also reflected on the ways that education, persistence, creativity and community engagement can come together to create one’s livelihood.  

This meeting was the result of collaboration between ArtsRising and the Frankford Community Development Corporation, an organization who sees the importance of creating links between youth and small businesses the Frankford community.