CounterSpaceBR owner Sarah Hays thinks she owes some of her bakery’s success to a support system of friends and some of it to maybe having too much courage.
“I’ve been really blessed. I have a lot of friends who supported me, encouraged me, pulled me up off the ground when I was discouraged and sad.” says Hays. “And I think you just have to be a little fearless. I am a little more fearless than I should be sometimes.”
After working in Washington D.C. for a couple of years, the LSU alumna says she felt drawn to Baton Rouge.
“I felt the draw to be in this particular neighborhood, to be around the folks that care about change and growth and seeing Baton Rouge be a place where people moved and stayed and not where people came and stayed for a while.”
And Hays has felt that care reflected back at her in small ways such as customers putting up with a slightly unusual parking situation.
“Its been sweet to see our customers to really rally behind us and say ‘We’re going to go out of our way and park on this weird strip next to Uncle Earls to run in to get our take-and-bake cinnamon rolls.'”