Kim Hammer is a pastry chef and owner of Bittersweet—a cocktail, coffee and dessert bar in downtown Raleigh. Open for nearly 9 years, Bittersweet focuses on seasonal, high-quality ingredients from local growers. The cocktail and pastry menu changes four times a year, with a strong focus on gin-based cocktails. Kim is most proud of Bittersweet’s amazing employees and a level of success that affords employing four full-time pastry chefs. She also owns Johnson Street Yacht Club, a downtown dive bar with super chill drinks and a slide. Prior to Bittersweet, Kim had her pastry catering company bittycakes for over 10 years. She spent several seasons selling baked goods at the Carrboro Farmers Market and providing daily pastries for Café Helios in downtown Raleigh. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Kim spent time in New York working for designer Betsey Johnson and later as a fashion editor and writer with several magazine publications including Seventeen Magazine and Playboy. She is a Raleigh native, graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and regularly humbled by her two teenagers.