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Meet Melissa Barge of Sweet Smarts in Boynton Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Barge.

Melissa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always had a passion for baking since I was a child. At the age of 15, I started going to technical school for culinary arts. When I graduated high school, I attended Florida Culinary Arts Institute for International Baking and Pastry. My very first job in the industry was working as an Assistant Pastry Chef at Jack Nicklaus’ The Bears Club. I went on from there to work at a wholesale bakery. Then, helped open a bakery in Wellington where I was in charge of all the baking. After taking a break to have children, I really missed baking and began to start making things for family and friends. This lead me to opening up my own business called Sweet Smarts. It was slow going at first but over time, with word of mouth, it has really bloomed into something incredible.

Has it been a smooth road?
Some of my biggest struggles have been being underestimated because of my age. Since, I started this career so young, people have not always taken me seriously. This was a big reason I wanted to work for myself.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sweet Smarts – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My company Sweet Smarts specializes in all kinds of baked goods, custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and cakepops, pretty much anything you can dream up we can make. Everything I make is from scratch with quality ingredients. I take a lot of pride in what I create and nothing leaves my shop if I’m not happy with it. I am most proud of all the loyal customers, which I’ve built from the ground up almost 11 years ago. One thing that sets Sweet Smarts apart from others is our customer service. I strive to make sure that every customer is beyond happy with their order.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like the cultural diversity of Miami. All different walks of life living in the same area. You get to experience all the different influences that this creates.

My least favorite thing is the traffic.

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