Alumni Entrepreneurs

Melissa Turkington, 2008


Plume. A Bakery

Type of Business

Hospitality (lodging food and beverage)

Date of Operation

August 2011-present

Description of Business or Organization

Start-up online bakery, expanding to a permanent location in Olympia soon! We work with local non-profits such as: Stonewall Youth, Gateways for Incarcerated Youth, GRuB, and Community Youth Services by creating scholarship funds, fundraising days, apprenticeships, and secret cafe's.

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How did Evergreen prepare you for your professional life?

Evergreen prepared me to think independently and to go after what I want. It taught me to value community and collaboration, which I have incorporated into my business model. Above all, Evergreen redefined the learning environment, which inspired me to become an educator no matter where I work. I worked in student affairs at Evergreen for three years before earning my Master's Degree in Education and starting my own business.