In a little pink house on Avenue D, Rose Alvarado makes sweet treats to die for.
That’s not the primary reason Bits and Bites received the Business of the Month from the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, though.
Chamber ambassador Laura Jordan praised Alvarado and her staff for “always being involved in the community. They supply cupcakes for fundraisers and are willing to do whatever is asked.”
A sizable group of chamber members gathered in Bits and Bites’ work room for the presentation of the Business of the Month banner.
Some even enjoyed cupcakes from the colorful selection in the showcase.
Alvarado opened Bits and Bites over two years ago, after spending a few years baking from her home.
“It grew too big,” she said about those early days. “It’s grown way faster than I expected.”
Never planning to be a business owner, Alvarado had worked in offices for a long time, specializing in information technology.
“Not even I would’ve dreamt how this would turn out,” she said.
She credits part of her success to her employees and customers.
Some of the cupcake flavors she makes came from their suggestions, and a bit of experimentation.
It’s a lot of work, but the possibility of expanding the current building to enlarge the front showroom attests to the business’ popularity.
“I’m actually happy I did it,” Alvarado said.
On Wednesdays, the shop features $2 cupcakes.
Bits and Bites is at 314 E. Avenue D.