Why Small Businesses Matter
Shop small, do big things for your community
Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!
You're IT Bash!
Three questions with Malakah Williams, owner of Bash!
Why did you start your business?
Bash! Boutique Events and Organic Cakery is a family owned business. And in efforts to live our lives organically and authentically, we created something very special. As a homeschool family, we wanted to design a business that represented our lifestyle. Doing something we loved while educating our children on how to build a small business has been Magical. We are small businesses with big goals, big dreams, and even bigger hearts. Bash! donates a percentage of his yearly profits to local nonprofits such as Children and Family Aid, The Dorothy Day Shelter and Ann’s Place. We do this through our fundraising effort and contributions.
Best selling product or service?
Specializes in organic, vegan, and gluten-free custom cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. We also host and plan your intimate events,we are a small business with big style. Be it in your home or a venue, Bash! can supply decor and supplies for dessert bars, flower walls, linens, and other special touches creating what others can’t imagine - making your events as unique as you are.
Do you employ any locals?
We do our staffing from our community students from Danbury High. One of our greatest success stories is Justin Torres. He’s one of our paid interns who has since started his own custom cake business (Justin Bakes) and attends Johnson and Wales University studying to be a pastry chef.
A special message from Bash! owner, Malakah:
Since opening Bash! 5 years ago it has inspired my children and others to step out on faith and start businesses of their own. My 14-year-old daughter Ziya Shabazz-Williams turned her hobby of making hair flowers into a business about 4years ago. Ziya Blooms is her Floral accessories company that specializes in hair flowers, floral purses, and bridal bouquets. Last year she launched her clothing line and was the youngest designer to be featured in Danbury Fashion Week hosted by Workspace Collective. Her sister Kiana 15 is the COO of her company and her brother E’Jaaz 19 who is a mixed media artist attending The University of Hartford ... creates our logos, builds the websites and photographs the work. For as proud as I am of my children accomplishment and our businesses I ’m even prouder of how socially responsible we are raising them to be. Bash! will be donating the tree for auction Ann’s Place Festival of trees again this year. my girls and I are working on a fundraiser called Little Dresses for Africa, a nonprofit Organization that takes pillowcases and turns them into dresses for little girls around the world.
Learn more about this socially responsible Danbury business HERE.
Bash! tags Workspace Collective and Rita's Floral Touch.
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