A bond between sisters is special—she is the one you tell your secrets to, the one with whom you share inside jokes, the one you go to when that boy breaks your heart and the one you have “junk food Friday” with, staying up and baking cookies well past midnight. As we celebrate Sisters Day, we wanted to not only celebrate our best friends and partners-in-crime, but also talk with a pair of sisters who have gone above and beyond the normal duties of sisters and gone into the baking business together. Katherine and Sophie of Georgetown Cupcake and stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes took the time to tell us about their unique relationship as both sisters and business owners.
- What is the best part about working with your sister? How has building this bakery together changed your relationship?
The best part about working with your sister is the ability to be completely candid and open with each other and that is extremely helpful when running a business. The relationship you have with your sister is a very special one, unlike any relationship you’ll have with anyone else. We don’t take criticism personally and we can have very honest discussions about our business without having to worry about hurting each other’s feelings. Building Georgetown Cupcake together has brought us even closer together as sisters. Starting a business, especially a bakery, is very daunting – the hours are grueling and the work is non-stop – but having your sister working side-by-side with you, as your support system, makes the world of difference. We know each other better than anyone else and we know our strengths and weakness and can complement each other’s skills to make Georgetown Cupcake the best bakery it can be.
- What is your earliest memory together in the kitchen? Who was your biggest baking inspiration growing up?
Our earliest memories of baking together in the kitchen are with our grandmother. Our grandparents were from Greece and they lived down the street from us. Because our parents both worked full-time, we spent much of our early childhood with our grandmother, baking together in the kitchen. At first, when we were really young, we would just watch her, and slowly, we began to help. Our grandmother taught us how to bake and we developed our passion for baking from her. Our grandmother was a very strong influence on us growing up and our biggest inspiration for starting Georgetown Cupcake.
- What is the best sisterly advice you can give?
The best sisterly advice we can give is to be completely candid with each other 100% of the time and know that your sister’s love is unconditional. Fans of our show (DC Cupcakes on TLC) can see that we often argue with each other about ideas for new cupcake flavors and other bakery dilemmas, but ten minutes later, the arguing is forgotten, and because of our frank and honest conversation, we really end up making the best decision. Your sister is the one person who will always tell you like it is, but at the same time, she will always be there for you, no matter what the situation. Even though we fought all the time growing up, like most sisters do, our grandmother always said that we would be best friends and she was right. Your sister is your best friend for life.