No law says you must be a certain age to own your own business. Yet the majority of entrepreneurs today are over the age of 30. Filter for multiple employees and a customer base in the thousands and young entrepreneurs become even rarer. Kathie Luna, owner of Amaru Confections in Boise, Idaho, is one such rare case. She bought the well-loved bakery in November 2018, at the age of 24.
“Owning a bakery has been one of my goals—one of my dreams—for a while,” she says. “I just never thought it would come this soon.”
Funny enough, Kathie and Amaru are close in age. The bakery’s previous owners, Aimee and Chris Wyatt, started the business in 2000, bringing delicious custom cakes to the masses. At the time, Kathie would have been six years old. She couldn’t have known how fate would bring her and the burgeoning bakery together.
Over the next 15 years, Amaru expanded from a private, in-home operation to a public storefront. Kathie attended the culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu, in Sacramento, California, then took up a post with a Boise restaurant. In 2015, Kathie joined the Amaru team as a wholesale delivery driver and baker of gluten-free confections. Three years later, when the owners asked if she’d like to buy them out, Kathie took her place at the helm.