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Interviews with Shey: Kat Puorro

Shealynn Benner

Tell me a bit about yourself. (Married, kids, hobbies, etc.)

Engaged, expecting our first child in October. My hobbies are design and painting.

What are you most passionate about?

Mental Health! I suffer from panic disorder and want to use my platform to help others. 

What sparked your interest in making cookies? Did someone specific inspire you to start?

Cookies are an escape from anxiety for me. My sister invited me to a cookie and sip and from there I was hooked. 

As a cookie business owner, what are you most proud of? And what has been your biggest challenge?

I’m most proud of running a successful business without being on an actual payroll. My biggest challenge has been telling people no and managing my time. 

Do you have a logo? If yes, what is the significance of it? How did you come up with the name of your cookie business and brand image?

There is no big significance of my logo, my name is KatBree bakery. I used my first name Kathryn and middle name Breann. I also have a KatBree Artistry page for makeup jobs. 

How long have you been decorating cookies?

It will be three years in November

Do you decorate and sell cookies full time? If not, what do you do when you’re not baking?

Yes! I quit my job as a Social Media Marketer to decorate full time. 


What is your favorite and least favorite part of the cookie decorating process?

My favorite part is details! My least favorite is making dough and baking the cookies.

Who is the biggest supporter(s) of you and your cookie business?

My parents are by far my biggest supporters.

Is there someone that has inspired you in the Cookie Industry? Why?

Yes, I have learned so much from Braidi (frosted cookiery) and Kirkies Cookies inspires me so much with all of her detailed painting.

How do you balance everything?(Kids, husband, activities, working out, cookies etc)

Just don’t sleep LOL!

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things (not people) would you bring with you?

My dog, a fire starter and a machete

What is your best advice to someone wanting to start making cookies for profit?

Only do it for the love of cookie making. Once you put your time into your work you you don’t ever really make a profit. I do it to help my mental health and to see other peoples smiling faces.

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