Celebration of Women in Business
Oldham Chamber event
moves to Hunting Creek
La Grange’s Essenpreis
to receive Distinction Award
LA GRANGE, Ky. (October 2013) – Anyone who knows Andrea Essen-preis knows she loves to bake. After several friends suggested that she turn her passion into a business, she knew she should follow her heart and do just that.
What sets her apart is that she has structured her bakery business, Q&A Sweet Treats, around her family, not an easy task with young children. “Many times I have the boys with me at the shop.” She even has a room at her shop, located at 211 S. First St., La Grange, for her children and said the business is “an extension of our home.”
Because of Essenpreis’ accomplishments, she has been chosen by the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce to receive the Tony Cotten Woman of Distinction Award at the fifth annual Celebration of Women, A Tablescapes Event on Oct. 3-4. The event will be held both days at the Harmony Landing Country Club, 13201 Reading Rd. in Goshen, Ky.
Essenpreis bakes fresh bread daily as well as breakfast sweets. “I’m up at 5, in the shop by 6 and sweets are ready to sell by 7,” said Essenpreis, 36. Fresh bread is available by 11 a.m.
“I don’t use any mixes. Everything is made completely from scratch,” she said.
Originally from Delaware, Essenpreis moved to Oldham County a decade ago. As a child, her father worked for DuPont, and her family “moved a lot throughout my childhood.
“It was critical that I have a place that was mine. With people on the East Coast, you’re just another face. I’ll never move from Oldham County. It’s my life.”
After settling in, “I knew this move was it for me,” she said. It didn’t take long for her to begin baking and become involved in the La Grange Farmers Market. Baking from her small home kitchen at the time, the market became an outlet for selling her products.
Essenpreis said she is “very proud of my business.” What she labeled her “hometown success story” has gone from her home to the Farmers Market to a storefront in La Grange beside Big R’s BBQ. When she “started getting more orders, we decided to open a storefront.”
Essenpreis purchased the building in June 2011 and began the renovation process. She officially opened Q&A Sweet Treats as a storefront in November 2011 and now has a staff of six.
The Tablescapes event begins with an opening cocktail reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. This event will include door prizes, networking and live music. Tickets are $15 for chamber members, $20 for guests.
Celebration of Women continues on Friday from 10 a.m. until noon with brunch, networking, door prizes and a Power House Panel Discussion featuring Courtney Baxter, Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney; Candyce Clift, WDRB News Fox in the Morning host; and Essenpreis. Tickets are $20 for chamber members and $25 for guests for activities on Oct. 4.
The panel discussion will be facilitated by Deana Epperly Karem, Executive Director of the Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development. These three prominent women will discuss “their pathway to success, raising a family and the sacrifices that have to be made, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of aging parents, keeping faith out front and the individual philosophies on getting to this point in their careers,” said Karem.
The women were chosen because, “we wanted a variety of women,” she said. “We wanted someone that had some celebrity status, an elected official and a small business owner.”
For the past five years, the event has recognized women leaders who have made a difference in Oldham County. Among past winners are Cynthia Stafford, founder of HDB Services Oldham’s Public Bus; and Karen Eldridge, owner of Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange.
This year, the Woman of Distinction Award has been renamed the “Tony Cotten Woman of Distinction Award.” Essenpreis was chosen because “she has the spirit of why the award was created in the first place,” said Karem. “Tony Cotten helped the chamber take the Celebration of Women event to a new level two years ago when we introduced the Tablescape format. It seems fitting that we rename this annual tradition to include his namesake and it be given to only one recipient.”
Cotten was the publisher of The Oldham Era when he died May 9 at age 47 after losing his battle with cancer. The Strong Women Achieving Notoriety Awards will also be given out at the event.
This is a new award that is “a way for businesses to acknowledge the women in their workplace making everyday contributions,” said Karem.
• To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development at (502) 222-1635.
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