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On the Line: Hanayo Martin & Akemi Lee of Hapa Cupcakes, Part Two

Akemi (left) and Hanayo conducting quality control testing
Akemi (left) and Hanayo conducting quality control testing
Photo by William Vo

I love when specialty shops have a flavor of the month, and Hanayo and Akemi were just as excited to inform me of their featured cupcakes. For the month of April, it is a lavender almond. And next month: MARGARITA!

Read our interview with Hanayo and Akemi of Hapa Cupcakes, part one. And now, on to part two . . . How did the two of you meet? Hanayo Martin & Akemi Lee: Our dads are best friends, our moms are best friends and we are best friends.

What's your favorite childhood memory: Both: Birthday parties together.

When you're not in the bakery, what are you doing in your free time? A.L.: Anything outdoors and adventurous. H.M.: Working out.

Hardest lesson you've learned: Both: Trust.

Last movie watched; how was it? H.M.: Lone Survivor, and I cried the whole second half.

Last thing you looked up: Both: Pole dancing and aerial silk yoga class.

Do you have any skills that are not food-related? H.M.: I'm really good at making out. We are both business savvy.

What did you study in school, and what did you originally want to do as a career? H.M.: Advertising. I wanted to work on the creative side of a beer or liquor company. A.L.: Business. First Asian woman president.

Hapa Cupcakes is located at 105 W. Amerige Ave, Fullerton, (714) 576-4272; www.hapacupcakes.com.

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