JOHOR BARU: The lack of Bumiputera-owned bakeries drove a couple to get involved in the business after several years of gathering experience by working at other shops and hotels.
Glorious Cafe owner Safriza Shafie, 28, said encouragement from her family and husband Chef Mohd Fairuz Abu Bakar made her determined to get involved in the business.
Safriza, a former student at the Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (YPJ) Hospitality Institute, said she chose to open her bakery in Taman Kempas Utama because she was confident of its suitability since the majority of its residents are Malays.
"Our survey showed that most consumers in the area would go to Senai or Bandar Baru UDA to buy cakes made by Bumiputera bakeries as there is no such premises here.
"Our priority is to ensure that the ingredients and preparation of the products fulfil halal standards so that our customers would have no doubts.
"My passion and experience in the culinary field are good enough reasons to go into business," she said.
She said this after the official opening of the bakery by YPJ education group general manager Abdul Razak Mohd Saat.
"I am proud that all my sacrifices have been fruitful.
I now have four employees and I hope to start offering baking classes within the next two months," said Safriza.
She said the premises was renovated at a cost of RM120,000, adding that her father Shafie Atan, 61, who is involved in the ship repair business, served as her inspiration.
"The bakery offers over 30 types of cakes and breads and I hope to supply them to hotels in the city," she said.
Glorious Cafe is at 35, Jalan Kempas Baru 1/2, Taman Kempas Utama and is opened daily, except Mondays, from 9am to 9pm.