Charter school craft fair a sweet deal start-up bakery

Nina O. Miranda
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 12/17/19

Two moms who love baking cakes and sweet treats for their own business are on a mission to raise funds for Crown Pointe Academy this Christmas. Angelica O’Toole-Fehlmann and Kendall Neuhalfen began …

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Charter school craft fair a sweet deal start-up bakery

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Two moms who love baking cakes and sweet treats for their own business are on a mission to raise funds for Crown Pointe Academy this Christmas.

Angelica O’Toole-Fehlmann and Kendall Neuhalfen began Sugar Mama’s Confections with a shared love for baked goods.

“I used to work in a bakery and loved what I did and couldn’t just leave those experiences in the past,” Neuhalfen said. “I wanted to continue to improve my skills by providing to the new community that we moved into. I love the person to person interaction. I love to not only meet but exceed expectations, I feel privileged at the end of the day, to create something that brings joy and enhances my clients happiest memories.”

It’s a work of love, partner O’Toole-Fehlman said.

“I had been baking and giving treats to family and friends for years and really enjoyed trying new things. I thought it would be amazing if I could do something I enjoyed this much for work,” she said.

Next, the pair helped the Crown Point Parent Teacher’s Association host its the first ever Craft Fair Dec. 15 at Crown Pointe Academy, 2900 W. 86th Ave. Both have children attending the school and the Craft Fair was an opportunity to showcase new goods and connect with the community.

“Connecting the community with what our school has to offer is [so inspirational],” O’Toole-Fehlmann said. “We have so many wonderful creative and talented families and faculty, and we all work so hard for one common goal, [like] working to support our students and give them opportunities, not just to learn but to thrive.”

Crown Pointe Academy is a charter school that began in 1996, founded by a group of community members and committed parents. Since then, the school has grown from a K-5 to include classes up to eight grade, built a building and moved to its current location along Federal Boulevard in 2010.

“This is the first large event we are hosting since our kids have been at this school,” O’Toole-Fehlmann said. “We are in a relatively low income area and want our kids to be able to have a fun affordable event this holiday season. For this event, we are trying to offer as much for the community as we can while raising enough to help support the PTA and the school. This year we are hoping to make at least $3,000, but in future years we are hoping to expand to make this event really large and exciting.”

The art of what’s possible means expansion for both Sugar Mama’s Confections and Crown Pointe Academy’s Craft Fair.

“As far as our business, we would love to expand to hosting small kids dessert decorating parties, but mainly want to have a strong base of happy and supportive customers,” O’Toole-Fehlmann said. “We hope ultimately the craft fair can raise money that can go towards meaningful resource improvement for our students while also promoting and supporting small local businesses like our own. Since we have been at the school we have never had the funds in the PTA to invest in our students or programs which has been really disheartening.”

Growing a new business is no easy feat and the next two years have a lot in front of them.

“A standalone business would, of course, be the goal of our dreams but we are totally fine with just continuing to do what we love,” O’Toole-Fehlmann said. “We are working on several ideas, such as a monthly cupcake subscription and mobile party events, but we still need to work out some kinks. We are less concerned about volume and more concerned about how many positive connections and happy memories we have contributed to.”

For more information about Sugar Mama’s Confections, visit https://sugarmamasconfectionsllc.business.site/ online or call 720.298.6475 to place an order today.

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