Humble bakery owner churns past into spice for sweet ascent
Letty Martinez loves every one of her creations — the pastries on display and her four children.
Fortunately for Martinez, the owner of Yummy Tummy Pastries in Humble, both are continuing to develop.
Yummy Tummy Pastries’ second store is on the way. The new bakery will open in the fast-growing Valley Ranch Town Center in New Caney this March. Martinez will also celebrate the nine-year anniversary of her flagship Humble store in June.
Being able to serve custom cakes and cookies in an assortment of flavors is a dream come true for Martinez.
“Being a part of my customers’ more-important times in their lives,” she said of the best thing about her pastries. “On their birthdays, on their weddings, on their baby showers. These are very special occasions and it’s like, ‘I’m there. Yummy Tummy’s there.’”
Her other creations continue to develop as well.
Martinez said her daughter, Candy, called her last week saying that Texas A&M will give her a scholarship. The Howard University alumnae will be the first person in the family to pursue a doctoral degree.
Candy, like Carlos, Rolando and Jorge, are also the first in the family to graduate from college, Letty added.
“Imagine!” she said, smiling.
Their successes are more sunshine after the storm Letty went through while living with her then-husband for 17 years. On Jan. 26, the FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center awarded her the Spirit of FamilyTime award at the Hearts of Gold Gala.
“Stated in her nomination: ’I admire Letty’s strength of rising above her ex-husband’s abandonment and abuse and making a successful life for herself and her children,” a part of her page in the event’s brochure read. “She is truly an illustration of what FamilyTime is all about.”
Letty received a standing ovation. There is a video of the moment in her glitter-cased iPhone.
It was a neighbor, and longtime friend, who introduced her to the organization, she recalled. For “maybe six to eight months,” she received food, clothing, resources to pay bills and Christmas gifts for her children.
But even with all the assistance, she knew that a more permanent solution was needed. Letty worked different jobs — selling tacos, placing phone books, and cleaning offices — to nourish the children and keep the house.
Cake-baking came into the picture during her downtime; Yummy Tummy Pastries began as a home-based business. Letty said she learned the skills while working two full-time jobs at the The Woodlands Country Club and Kroger.
“I’d leave my house at (6 a.m.) to drive to The Woodlands and come back after (I got off from) Kroger, at 11 (p.m.). So (the children) were sleep already because the next day they need to go to school. I’d just go give a kiss,” Martinez said, as her voice quakened, “and tell them, ‘I love you,’ sleep for a few hours, then leave the house early in the morning, give a kiss and say ‘Have a nice day.’”
Gov. Greg Abbott, in his 2019 State of the State Address, said Texas is the leader in job creation from women-owned businesses, particularly those from African-Americans and Hispanics. The recognition made Letty smile.
“I’m happy he mentioned that because that is going to make girls find the strength inside of them,” she said. “I want girls to trust themselves. We’re very strong.”
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