Baking is both a family tradition and a form of stress relief for Nuha Abuduhair, proprietor of 17 Berkshire, Overton Square’s newest retail shop.
“My mom always baked at home and had tons of cookbooks, and I’d look through them and stand next to her while she baked,” said Abuduhair, whose bakery will open this spring at 2094 Trimble Place, which formerly housed The Square Olive. “So, it was always fun for me. My mom was very creative. I joke that she was Pinterest before Pinterest existed … she was always crafty.”
A sample of 17 Berkshire's bakery offerings. (Submitted)Abuduhair, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Memphis, left her job as a registered nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital after the birth of her own two children. She wanted to spend more time with them, but she also found herself with more free time on her hands, which she devoted to nurturing her love of baking.
“My friends started asking me to bake cakes for baby showers or birthdays, and it just kind of took off,” she said. “It was very organic and unintentional. I think that’s what’s been so great about it – I didn’t plan anything. I just put myself out there unknowingly and Memphis saw a need for it.”