Ana Houg says a little sweet tooth never hurt anyone. With three girls at home, this Arcadia mom already has her hands full, but she’s taken on a new venture that’s been very rewarding for her and her family: My Three Girls Bakery. Named in honor of her nearest and dearest, Ana opened the vintage bakery/cafe on the southeast corner of 48th St. and Indian School this past November.
For Ana, having her own bakery where she makes all the food from scratch is a childhood dream come true. Growing up in the suburbs of San Antonio, Ana loved baking even as a little girl. In her hometown, she and her family frequented several bakery/cafes where everything from quick lunch meals to decorated cookies for parties and special occasions was available.
She felt this was something Arcadia was missing and she set out to do something about it. “We have several chain bakeries to choose from, but not as many choices when it comes to made from scratch,” Ana said. “I have found that offering baked goods provides a sense of comfort to those around me.”
After spending the past 15 years in the medical field as a full-time foot and ankle specialist serving Arizona’s Native American population, Ana continues that work part-time while focusing more on her bakery.
Ana says the enjoyment and inspiration she receives from serving others makes it all worth it. When the opportunity arose to turn her passion for baking into a business, she couldn’t let the chance slip through her fingers.
“My inspiration comes from having three daughters, and having lost a child, I recognize the vulnerability of life,” Ana said. “Therefore, my focus is to have a female-owned local business that my girls and I can be a part of and be proud of for years to come.”
Ana has made sure to prepare a menu filled with healthy, homemade baked goods for every taste and dietary preference. Specialty items such as gluten-free and vegan goodies ensure all customers can walk out the door with their cravings for something sweet fully satisfied.
Ana says all of the café items, including soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods are prepared fresh daily from time-tested recipes.
“Using recipes from older generations you avoid the preservatives and other harmful chemicals that are used today in processed foods,” Ana added.
Walking through the bakery’s front door, guests are greeted by an interior with a vintage feel, from the rustic farm tables to reclaimed light fixtures. There are even barn doors that line the party room and a large viewing window into the kitchen for spectators who want to see the baking magic.
“I hear people say how pleasantly surprised they are by the space and what a great feel it has,” Ana said.
Juggling her family and a bakery keeps Ana on her toes, but she’s thankful for all the activity. “It’s definitely a balancing act at times, but I am fortunate to have the help and support of my family and friends. There are times you may see my little ones parked at the farm table coloring on chalkboards, mouths covered in cookies while I’m in the kitchen rolling out dough.”
A recent partnership with Feed Our Babies has sweetened the deal.
“Having this business allows us an amazing opportunity to give back and we could not have found a better cause,” Ana said. “All of our extra baked goods, at the end of each day, are donated to this organization, which make lunches for school-aged children in our community that are in need.”
Ana is looking forward to making more connections with the local community and building on the bakery’s first-year success. She loves seeing the happy smiles on customers’ faces and sharing this experience with her girls.
“My hopes are that My Three Girls Bakery becomes the go-to for Arcadia families to get a healthy meal, homemade baked goods and treats.”
For more: my3girlsbakery.com.