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They’re Young, In Love And Cooking Up Some Of Baltimore’s Favorite Foods: In The Kitchen With Couples Turned Co-Owners

Christina Tkacik
Baltimore Sun


WWR Article (Tl:dr)
As Christina Tkacik reports, “Some of Baltimore’s most dynamic entrepreneurs and small-business owners in recent years are owned and operated by young couples, as devoted to their work as they are to one another.”

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While Sumayyah “Mya” Bilal had long enjoyed baking for family and friends, she hadn’t considered making a career of it until she served a slice of her favorite cheesecake to her now-fiance, Chris Burgess. “He came along and said, ‘We’re going to sell this,’” Bilal said. And he would help.

A few years later, their bakery, Codetta Bake Shop was featured on “Good Morning America”; recent customers include Odafe Oweh, outside linebacker for the Ravens.

Running a business together is “almost like raising a kid,” said Burgess, who has two children of his own from a previous relationship. “We’ve each seen it grow and change. It’s a built-in commitment.”

Some of Baltimore’s most dynamic entrepreneurs and small-business owners in recent years are owned and operated by young couples, as devoted to their work as they are to one another. Some are professionally trained, others aren’t. Their assets go beyond their bank accounts.

“Businesses run by couples are born out of passion and love,” says Manuel Sanchez, who owns Fells Point bakery Sacré Sucré with his husband, Dane Thibodeaux. “There is an extra layer of care making sure both the relationship and the business do well.”

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