In my recent visit to Cafe Sunflower I was struck by the warm welcome I received, the friendly employees and the quality of the baked goods on hand. I am the reigning Ms. New York America 2018 and I flew to the D.C. in an effort to learn more about Sunflower Bakery and Cafe Sunflower. When I visited the Cafe I did not wear my sash or crown and I did not let them know that I was coming. I just showed up, like any other customer. I was greeted warmly and welcomed into the lovely cafe. I was offered help with my selections and some information about the Cafe. I loved that its mission was on a chalkboard on the wall. The organic feel of that was lovely. The two men working behind the counter seemed to know that I was not one of their local visitors. I am sure that many who are located in the same gorgeous building are frequent visitors to the Cafe and have gotten to know those who work in the Cafe very well – and vice versa. I was impressed that the Cafe employees noticed that I was new and that they seemed to want to make me feel welcome. I enjoyed talking with both of them and I felt so comfortable in the modern space. The selections were amazing. Cookies and pastries and desserts I have never before tried. They even had holiday tins of cookies readily packed (which I, of course, had to take home). The quality of the offerings was outstanding. But the real takeaway for me was the kindness and authenticity I experienced at the Cafe. I actually asked if I could take a photo with the employees. I genuinely wanted a reminder of such a lovely place with such lovely people. Unfortunately there is not a Sunflower Cafe in my NYC neighborhood yet (or NYC for that matter), but I am hopeful that this same sense of community, love, and focus on quality and kindness soon comes to the Big Apple. We would be very lucky to have Sunflower Cafe down the street! Until that time, I supposed a frequent trip to Maryland will be in order.