A Boise woman is proving that dreams can come true. Three years after graduating from high school, she has fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning her own business.
"It’s scary to start your own business, especially at 21," said Emilee.
After graduating high school, Emilee Rivers, like many 18-year-old's, had no idea where her life was headed. She could never imagine that, within just three years, she would be opening the doors to her very own custom cake and ice cream sandwich shop -- "Flour child."
"I don’t think it actually hit any of us until we actually opened the door, and then it was real."
While trying to decide what she wanted to do with her life, Emilee realized she really liked making cakes.
"I didn’t know if that was something I could do as a career, so I sort of checked into it. And I ended up going to culinary school," said Rivers.
Upon completing the program, Emilee packed her bags and headed off to San Diego where she landed a job working for the "Fabulous Cake Girls."
"They are amazing. They are like the best cake shop in San Diego, and I learned a lot from them, and, cake-wise, they taught me a lot. And so I decided that I wanted to come home and open up my own place because I thought it was something that would be unique to here.”
Emilee thought that it would take a few years before she could open her own shop, but one day over coffee a friend told her about a cookie shop that had gone out of business and told her she should just go take a look at the space.
"We called on it, and it just went from there," said Emilee.
"We put a lot of work into this space. It took us a good 4 weeks to get the flooring torn up and redone and the paint. We were over here every night and every day. We lived here pretty much for four weeks, but it was worth it," added Emilee.
With a dash of sugar, a sprinkle of spice and a lot of hard work, the doors were open.
"Our opening day was crazy. It was so crazy, and it was cool to see that it was a lot of people that I have never met before. It was just people in the community who were excited to have something fun on this side of town."
Emilee says she basically lives at the shop now, and while it can be hard at times to watch her friends without obligation living the life of an early 20's adult, she is happy to be on the path to her future.
"I think she’s going to do really well. I think she is going to grow and really become a name in Boise," said Kristi Rivers, Emilee’s mom.
"It’s what I think I will do for the rest of my life," said Emilee.