Seattle Pastry Chef Hopes to Inspire Young Black Entrepreneurs After Launching Her Own Business

A young Seattle pastry chef just launched her own business and hopes to inspire other entrepreneurs.

Shikorina Pastries owner Hana Yohannes told KIRO 7′s Tracey Leong it took the support of family, friends and strangers to make this possible.

“I think it’s important to have businesses in your area that are owned and representative of the community that you are serving,” said Yohannes.

The name Shikorina is a nod to her Eritrean heritage — it means “sweetness” in her family’s native language, Tigrinya.

“Being in the Central District, an area that use to be a predominantly Black area, it’s really important to me and very special to me to be in this area as a Black business, and it’s important to make space for other Black entrepreneurs,” Yohannes said.

She has been passionate about baking since she was a little girl, but never thought she could pursue it as a career.

In 2019, Yohannes decided to make the leap. Shortly after dropping out of Stanford University, she enrolled in The Pastry Project, which was a community space in Pioneer Square offering free pastry and baking training to make the industry more accessible.

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SOURCE: KIRO 7, Tracey Leong