IMPERIAL COUNTY - It is no secret that the Imperial Valley suffered from one of the toughest economic situations in the country in 2012. While hundreds of businesses closed their doors for good last year, both residents and business owners there look forward to a much better year in 2013.
With a struggling economy and an unemployment rate sitting at the top of the list in the country throughout 2012, many small businesses here in The Imperial Valley, were forced to close their doors. But there are several that survived the bad times and plan on standing tall… throughout 2013, and beyond.
A Thing Called Cake, in Brawley, makes pastries of all kinds; cakes cupcakes, cookies, you name it, they have it. According to owner Karla Leon, her business survived the bad times here in The Valley because of her hard work and her many loyal customers.
Leon says that yes, her small business made it through the tough situation in Imperial Valley, but not without a little bit of sacrifice.
"It hasn't been extremely tough, but it hasn't been easy", she says. "We've had to work really hard to get to where were at. It's been long hours, long days, working through holidays, nights, days".
A Thing Called Cake in Brawley has been open a year now and Leon recently was able to expand and open a second shop in El Centro. It sits right ion Main Street and opened up just before the holidays. Leon says that she opened the second shop for those residents that have been walking through her doors over the last year.
"I think the majority of our success comes from listening to our customers. The only reason we opened up a second location was because of special requests from people that don't drive all the way up here to Brawley".
Leon says that she looks forward to a much better year this year than 2012.
"To grow, to keep growing, to keep our business stable here and continue to grow. Get more events, more customers, more yearly events and get involved with more charities and community events".
That community that has supported her from day one.
"Thank you, we're here because of our customers and we're here because of all the people that have continued to come back to us for all their events, their parties; without them we wouldn't be here".
Email Alert Sign Up
Sign up here to receive breaking news stories from KSWT.com and morning updates to your email inbox.
The most haunted island on earth is a small island right off the coast of Venice, Italy called ‘The Island Of Poveglia. It's beautiful and deserted but it was also a body dumping ground a few hundred yearsMore >>
Spacious Island for sale; includes hotel. May need exorcism. More >>
Web Producer: Lucy Valencia, Assignment Desk Editor WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits willMore >>
Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.More >>
Jesus Hernandez-Carlon stood before a judge to be formally charged; Carlon was arrested Monday night after a witness identified him as the man who robbed him at gun point outside a Yuma restaurant. AccordingMore >>
Man suspected of robbing someone at gun-point outside a Yuma restaurant was in court. More >>
Daisy Cortes was in court earlier this week through her attorney asked for her bond to be reduced. According to published reports her attorney reported to the court that Ms. Cortes was unaware of her fathersMore >>
Daughter of suspected gunman has day in courtMore >>
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Yuma police say a dead woman was found in a car parked at Food City on 8th Street on Tuesday night, at around 6:20 p.m. Police are investigating her cause of death andMore >>
Yuma police are investigating the death of a woman who was found in a parked car Tuesday night.More >>