I've said before it takes a brave person to change their career, especially one that has spanned many years before moving into something completely different. And yet, I do think there's a science (and an art) to both pharmacy and baking. Meet Priscilla Chong - pharmacist turned cupcake maker...
Occupation: Cupcake maker/pharmacist
How long have you worked here?: 20 years
Describe yourself/what you do:
I am a pharmacist by trade who loves desserts and have developed a passion for making (and eating) cupcakes over the years. When the opportunity arose to set up a cafe in Mount's Pharmacy (where I have worked for 20 years), I jumped at it. Yes, it has been hard (especially the early morning starts) but I have enjoyed letting out my creative juices and seeing the joy and delight on childrens' (and adults') faces when they come upon the cupcake display - it's very rewarding. I like that we bring a little happiness into people's lives!
N.I.C.K. Foundation's show 'A wizard in Aus' at Union Theatre in Melbourne University today and tomorrow where 50 cents will be donated back to N.I.C.K. for every cupcake sold.
Best thing(s) about working in Melbourne's north east:
Strong community spirit evident after fire destroyed Mount's Pharmacy in November 2000 where we received a lot of support and encouragement; nice mixture of shops and cafes where you can basically get everything - nice shopping experience - big enough for variety but small enough for intimacy.
For more information:
Phone: 9497 1236
Trading hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30 am - 5 pm
Custom made orders can be picked up on Sundays