This Utah baker’s sweet Valentine’s Day gift: Meet the love of her life

This Utah baker's sweet Valentine's Day gift: Meet the love of her life

This Utah baker’s sweet Valentine’s Day gift: Meet the love of her life


On February 13, 2021, Draper, Utah-based Rita Magalde received an order from Sheer Ambrosia, her baklava business, which she hopes to pick up the next day.

“I remember asking him, ‘Do you want me to wrap this as a Valentine’s Day gift for someone?'” Magalde said. “He said, ‘No, this is going to be for me and my family. How about 2 o’clock?

Joel Mitchell and Rita Magard. (Courtesy of Magalde)

Joel Mitchell arrives on time at Magalde’s home, where she runs her business. After chatting for a while, he asked about Magalde’s policy on dating clients.

“My temperature went up and so did my vigilance,” Magalde said. She told Mitchell that she hadn’t dated in a long time and didn’t know how to date, but she did know how to be a good friend. A few days later, he called her.

“It was fun talking to him,” Magad said. “One thing leads to another, Valentine’s Day, February 14, will be the first anniversary of my life partner.”

The two now live together, and Mitchell regularly helps run Sheer Ambrosia, updating Magalde’s website — and washing the dishes.

“This business has brought me love on many levels, from many people,” she said. “Now, it’s finally giving me what I’ve wanted for 17 years, the romantic love I need and deserve.”

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