Meet The Confectional's Destiny Sund and Paul Verano
Everyone knows how amazing the cheesecakes are at The Confectional (and if you don’t, stop reading and go there now!), but few know how the specialty bakery came to be. According to co-owner Destiny Sund, it all started when she invited her best friend Paul Verano over for dinner one night in 2005. “If I’m remembering correctly, we were in business together before we finished dessert!”
Paul and Destiny met at the University of Oregon where Paul first got serious about cheesecakes. Word got out and friends started paying him to make them. Since then, he’s perfected his original recipes with Destiny as chief taste tester.
At first, opening a store in Pike Place Market seemed intimidating, but after meeting and become friends with other shop owners Destiny soon found a whole community that was welcoming and supportive. They started sourcing ingredients from other Market tenants like Frank’s Produce, the Pike Place Creamery and MarketSpice.
Over the years, The Confectional has been named one of America's "top 5 chocolate desserts" by Food Network and one of Whoopi Goldberg’s "favorite things," plus Destiny personally handed out mini cheesecakes to Jimmy Fallon and The Roots! But the most impressive feat to Destiny and Paul is the fact that they’ve kept “a small business alive and kicking for eleven years!”—a testament to how delicious their desserts truly are! (Pro tip: Pick up some heart-frosted cheesecakes for Valentine's Day.)
Seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they watch cheesecakes being made in the “Chocolate Theater” and the even bigger smiles they have when they eat one, is reward enough for two friends who together have created a true Pike Place Market gem.
Visit The Confectional at 1530 Pike Place, 10 am-6 pm daily.