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Tasty Business?


You know what they say about it being a small world? Well, here in 85086, it’s a small community. As it turns out, Melissa Barbakoff, the owner of The Baked Equation, lives only two streets up from Adam. Being a proverbial hop, skip, and a jump away from his house, it’s surprising they haven’t run into each other. The good news? That situation has been rectified.

That’s pretty sweet news because you’ll want to know Melissa, too. Under her company, The Baked Equation, Melissa and her talented team create goodies that are beyond sublime. With sales that have increased by double digits each year, and a huge fan base that clamors to see photos of her latest creations on Instagram and Facebook, The Baked Equation’s tasty business is exploding. You won’t want to miss reading about how Melissa’s homegrown Anthem business got off the ground starting on page 40. matthew-sig

Meanwhile, we’re excited to announce our third annual 85086 Cutest Pet Contest. If you recall, over the past two years, we’re featured the cutest pet winners on the cover. In 2014, Bella, a rescued Australian Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix, won top honors in our first contest. Last year, Grace, a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier, graced our cover. Well, the cutest pet contest is back. Check out page 33 to find out how to submit a photo of your pet. All local pets qualify––dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, gerbils, lizards––you name it. If it’s your pet and you live in 85086, you can enter it in the contest. For contest rules, please visit our website at and scroll down to the bottom of the home page. We’ll showcase all the entries in our April issue with directions on how to vote for your favorites. The animal with the most votes will grace the cover of this magazine’s May edition and win some cool prizes.

Now we invite you to jump into this issue, which is full of local content. Read about the Boulder Creek High School theatre department and the students behind the school’s productions, or turn the page to read area meteorologist Shelley Sakala’s humorous take on extreme snowbirding. Inside, you’ll also meet the doctor behind Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry and read about his amazing new office. And there’s much more!


Adam and Matthew Toren



Melissa Barbakoff, owner of The Baked Equation

Photo by Heidi Lea Photography



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