The SRB Bunch
Katy Nelson grew up in Ames, IA but always dreamed of a bigger city. Upon completion of the Iowa Culinary Institute, she moved to Chicago to further her dreams of pastry. She continued her education at the French Pastry School and worked in Chicago as a pastry chef until the coast came calling. After about 5 years in Chicago, it was finally time for Seattle. While Seattle was ideal city, the draw of family and Iowa was too strong. She always knew that her business would be in the Midwest, and thus Scenic Route Bakery was born in Des Moines, IA. Her passion may have once been focused on the plate alone, but her true calling was found in the challenge of managing people. SRB is her home and the SRB team is family
Mark Nelson grew up in the context of a very loving military family, so all the way up until high school “home” was his family, but not necessarily a specific place. Mark was in the army himself for about five years and this is where his drive and passion for leadership was honed, but passion for good leadership and his entrepreneurial spirit had there from the beginning. It has always been Mark’s dream to have a business where he can truly honor people’s talents and skills and help grow them in their journey. Seeing that his daughter also had these passions and dreams, they set out on the road of small business hand-in-hand.
Braden Norton • Front of House Manager
Braden grew up in Rockford, IL, but spent most of the last decade in Bloomington-Normal, IL where he graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Graphic Communications. Since graduating in 2010, Braden has split his time between the hospitality/food & beverage industry and graphic design/marketing field.
Upon relocating to Des Moines in September of 2016, Braden quickly found a home away from home at SRB and soon made the transition from regular customer to FOH employee. In June of 2016, Braden took over the responsibilities of the FOH Manager.
When not at the bakery, Braden likes to stay active by running, working out and playing hockey. While still relatively new to Des Moines, Braden enjoys finding new and exciting things to do in and around the city.
Jessica Elwell • Catering Manager
Jessica (a.k.a Jessie) is a Des Moines native and is happy to call Scenic Route Bakery her home-away-from-home first and foremost over a place to work. After falling in love with theatre and acting in high school, Jessica has found her passion in pursuing and studying personal relationships between people. She has been in the service industry for around 10 years, finding great joy in interacting with the community. Jessica can be found performing improv comedy at the Des Moines Social Club and other venues, acting in theatre productions around town, and biking through the streets, daydreaming about cats.
Rachael Grandon • Kitchen Manager
Transplanted to Des Moines from Milwaukee, WI., Rachael’s been calling Iowa and Scenic Route Bakery her home for the last 2 years. Graduating from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, she found new skill and creativity in the kitchen and fell in love with the service industry over the last 5 years.
“Working in a place where people have the same passions and enthusiasm for work that you do makes it easy to show up and work hard everyday, wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Josh Hanks • Bakery Manager
Meet the Staff
Favorite color: Black
Fun Fact: I can dilate my pupils on command.
Julia Estrada Gameros
Favorite color: Red
Favorite color: White
Fun Fact: I know all of the lyrics to the entire High School Musical soundtrack. I also raise crickets.
Favorite color: Salmon
Fun Fact: I'm allergic to salmon.
Favorite color: Lapis
Fun Fact: I have read Lord of the Rings 8 times.
Favorite color: Cerulean
Fun Fact: I love one of my children more than the other, but I'll never tell which one...
Favorite color: Beige
Favorite color: Black
Fun Fact: There is a book written about me!