"Keren, you need to bake with Laura, she's your punk rock doppelganger"

....and so began a beautiful friendship. United by a mutual friend, their love of Pittsburgh, and all things sweet, it took a while for Laura and Keren to meet face to face. Thanks to social media they had "talked shop" about recipes, The Penguins and of course their kids. Working 9-5 and baking on the side, neither thought they would ever get the chance to live their dream of running their own cafe. Leave it to a man with big dreams and a goal to bring it all together, and make that dream a reality.


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Keren DeCarlo
1/3 Owner & 1/2 Sweet Geek

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Keren is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Pittsburgh (formerly International Culinary Academy) where she earned her Associates Degree in Pastry Arts. After graduation Keren interned at Soergel Orchards, a local family-owned business. While there she learned a great deal about the inner workings of a small business and eventually was promoted to bakery manager.

Since then Keren has worked for various leaders in the printing industry, holding positions of management in both administrative and purchasing departments. While working full time and raising a family Keren returned to her passion of baking and began a small home business selling wedding cakes, cupcakes and cookies to friends and acquaintances.


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Laura Hatajik
1/3 Owner & 1/2 Sweet Geek

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Laura is a graduate of the Bradford School of Business, Pittsburgh. It was at Bradford where she earned her Associates Degree in Management and initially fell in love with the idea of self-ownership and entrepreneurship. Since graduating in 2001, Laura has held various roles in the retail industry, as well as in banking and most recently, Technology Support. Laura created and maintained "Steel City Confections" beginning in February of 2011, and ran the concept as a side-business out of her home. Although SCC is no more, her passion for baking and love of Pittsburgh lives on in Chateau Café & Cakery.