Our seventh entry in the Vegan Biz Profile series is My Vegan Baker, a Northern Virginia-based vegan baking business started by Kristin Stolz. I had the chance to taste some of her baked goods when she was getting started a few years ago, and let me tell you: they’re good.
Tell us about My Vegan Baker. What inspired you to start it?
I started My Vegan Baker two years ago shortly after moving here from Los Angeles. I wasn’t finding vegan options in Northern Virginia and I thought if I am looking, others are looking, too. I’ve always baked and one day a friend was telling me how good something I made her was and that was it. I started the long paperwork process that day.
Do baked goods make good holiday presents?
Baked goods make great presents! Who wouldn’t like a box of delicious mint chocolate chip brownies, tasty oatmeal bars, or even a cake? Vegans like quality baked goods as much as their non-vegan counterparts. This is the perfect time of year to show someone you care by giving the gift of tasty treats. They’re perfect for teachers, too. They probably don’t need another mug or apple ornament. But, a tasty gift they can share with others… now that’s something they would love.
While I don’t do a vegan fruitcake, I do take special orders. I do make an amazing vegan kransekake (see picture). This Norwegian delight is delicious. It’s made from almonds and is fun to share. A great conversation piece and fun for a party. If you’re looking for something you don’t see on the menu, just ask. Which leads to the next question.
What items do you offer that are particularly unique?
Vegan whoopie pies. Delicious.
Tell us about another vegan-owned business that you love that other people may not know about.
Another great vegan business is Arbonne. They offer botanically-based, certified vegan skin care, anti-aging, detoxification, nutrition, weight loss, and cosmetics. Everything is formulated in Switzerland and made in the US. This is important as Switzerland has such high standards relating to what goes into personal care products. Arbonne does not use parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, mineral oil, or other harmful chemicals. You can find them at www.arbonne.com. Their products need to be purchased through an independent consultant, of which I am one. I have used the products for years and believe in them. They also have a baby line which is so important, especially in light of the lawsuit pending with Johnson and Johnson and the ingredients in their baby products.