ALEX: Hello, today’s Deaf Business spotlight is…? But first, I’d like to point out that it is probably obvious I am not in my usual studio.
Still, it’s business as usual. The business I’m spotlighting today is Rosemary’s Fabulous Cakes. It is located in Washington, D.C. by the name of the owner Rosemary Latin.
Growing up, she was a skilled artist. She started making cakes for her two sons’ birthday parties, and other people took note of her creative talent. They urged her to start her own business, which she did.
First established in 2003, she served the people in the D.C. area through word of mouth (or by word of hands.)
Would you like to see her business in cakery? This tour is provided by Convo Community Curator, Arlene. Check it out!
ARLENE: Hello! I’m Arlene Ngalle, the community curator for Convo. I’m here today at Rosemary’s Fabulous Cakes. Let’s go over and see what the cakes look like and how she makes them. You ready?
ROSEMARY: Hello! Come on in and see the cakes I make.
Hello, my name is Rosemary Latin of the company Rosemary’s Fabulous Cakes. Here’s where I make them.
MAXWELL: I’m Maxwell Latin, Rosemary’s oldest son. One of my memories about her cake is a Batman-themed one. She made it as if it were being filmed on set, with lights, cameras and action. It was creative and I enjoyed that one.
AUSTIN: I’m Austin. I’m the second son. The caked I liked was with graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow. It was delicious, especially with the chocolate drizzle on top. It made me really thankful and happy.
ROSEMARY: The Deaf Bing here? If you’ve ever watched Cake Boss, you’ve seen how they easily work with their hands and talk at the same time. While here, with my Deaf family of a husband and two sons, if they want my attention I have to stop what I’m doing to interact with them. Then, just before I’m ready to put the cake in the oven, I often worry if I’ve forgotten or measured something wrong. Turns out that it often becomes the case. It’s easy to forget or measure something wrong with all the communication happening where I have to pause my work.
People often send their requests with pictures through the iPhone, like this one for example. This customer wanted something specific with a helmet - and among other things - which I’ve made here. It’s all from those pictures they send me.
I started from 2003 to 2009 when I found out I had a brain tumor. I fought and survived through seven surgeries for it. Many people asked if I'd give up or stop making cakes. But, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking, "This is my passion. Would I ever want to give it up? No." So, I recovered fully and returned to making cakes in 2011. I'm still keeping it up and making a living.
ALEX: Wow! What creative designs, and I’m sure they’re delicious as well. For more information, see the website link provided here, or follow her on Instagram @RTLatin (instagram.com/RTLatin)
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