Prior to embarking on the cafe venture Tate worked for an insurance company, and her daughter, then 16-year-old Tabytha Gutierrez, was still in high school. The cafe staff consists of about 10 people- a mix of part-time and full-time employees. The staff includes family members like her grandmother, who agreed to make carrot cake cupcakes for the business.
“This is new,” Tate said. “We have always wanted to do a bakery, but it wasn’t until after Paris that we wanted to implement the coffee behind it.”