We had the good fortune of connecting with Nena Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nena, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The seed was planted for our business when I became a new mom and was overwhelmed with returning to the corporate workplace as a working career mom. Everyday I felt a tug of war feeling while trying to satisfy the requirements of my demanding job and trying to be a present mother. Eventually cooking and baking turned out to be therapy for me while I was battling with postpartum anxiety in silence. My kids started to express interest in helping me in the kitchen and I gladly welcomed them to assist me make different recipes. Over time, this became our special bonding time. I began to document them helping me cook and bake which has been such a joy to see how much they are learning and how quickly they catch on. A consistent statement from them was ” I WANT TO DO IT” which later became our slogan and really the heart of what we do. There is so much passion, desire, and confidence in that one phrase. Our business stands for family and community so knowing that some parents either do not have the capacity to cook with their children because of work priorities, responsibilities, or other reasons, we provide a safe and loving place for children to learn and grow together. Additionally, home economics seems to be slowly removed from our education system so we provide a great foundation for children to acquire the knowledge and to develop skills needed for life experiences and stimulate ideas of creativity.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Brown Baking X3 is a family owned business dedicated specifically for baking classes for children ages 3-15. We believe teaching children how to bake and cook in general helps enhance Social-Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language Development. We have a passion for family, children, and community eager to be a pillar to multiple communities across the DFW and hopefully world-wide one day. We are here to be of service, to be mentors, leaders, and teachers to our students. Our goal is to create a loving, safe, and fun space for students to grow, make mistakes, grow some more, and help them gain confidence in the kitchen and in their everyday experiences. We are a newly operated business so we are still growing, learning, and looking for like-minded team members. The biggest challenge so far has been not being able to dedicate 100% focus to our business as the owners are full-time corporate employees. Our aspirations include having a retail space dedicated to child development including after-school programs, Spring and Summer programs, mentorship, and culinary school readiness not only for communities that look like us but inclusive to all children of the world.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
DFW makes up a lot of space so there is so much to do. I really enjoy Trinity Trails in Fort Worth. There is so much sight seeing and dining options such as Clearfork. In Dallas, I enjoy Klyde Warren Park as it so close to Downtown, Uptown, and near-by restaurants.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Brown Family and Friends that make up our village to allow us to service other families and communities while still being present for our own.

Website: www.brownbakingx3.com

Instagram: www.instagram/brownbakingx3

Image Credits
Crystal Salazar Photography

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