This article appears in the September issue of 400 Life.
For Vanessa Ocampo, there is a special magic to getting breakfast in bed. The food is nice, of course, but the most charming part of the experience is the element of surprise.
“It’s always fun when you’re waking up and somebody has a tray with a bunch of balloons and [says], ‘Here’s your breakfast,’” Ocampo says.
Ocampo has been delivering surprises around Forsyth County and beyond for the past six months, serving fancy breakfast baskets to unsuspecting customers for all sorts of special occasions through her business, But First Breakfast.
Customers select a breakfast surprise from a menu, and Ocampo takes care of the rest. She cooks the meal and accentuates the presentation with crafty, Pinterest-inspired details, and she can turn it around in as little as 48 hours after an order.
Ocampo has created her surprises for almost any occasion: birthdays, anniversaries, gender reveals or just because.
“I put a lot of time into it,” Ocampo says. “I do it as if I was doing it for my family or loved ones.”
The business is a reboot for Ocampo, who moved to Georgia from New Jersey about two years ago. Surprise services were something of a cottage industry in New Jersey, Ocampo said, but most were simple. Ocampo saw an opportunity to do something unique by blending her skills in cooking and crafting, and it gained traction.
The business was put on hold when Ocampo, with her husband and two kids, decided to move to Georgia, first to Roswell and then to Cumming in November of 2018. Ocampo found work as a dialysis technician but eventually felt the urge to revive her surprise business. She started six months ago and has been building it back up mostly through referrals and exposure on social media.
Ocampo is back to getting that familiar satisfaction from facilitating special moments for customers. It hits her every time she makes a delivery and see the look on a customer’s face.
“I just love seeing people smile,” Ocampo said.
You can find But First Breakfast on Instagram @ButFirstBreakfastby_DS.