Some years ago, when Frances was considering a career change, her husband asked her a simple question: “If you could do anything all day, what would it be?” Her answer was quick and equally simple: “Bake.” In that moment, something changed—a sense of possibility sent Frances down a new path. She imagined a café akin to inviting neighbours to her kitchen table. She opened Bon Ami Bakery and Cafe in North Vancouver in 2014. Fran operated the bakery and cafe for several years before moving to her new home on Vancouver Island, where she joyfully runs a smaller version of that business out of her home.
Frances Sollors trained at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. But if you ask, she’ll tell you how she’s been inspired by so much more. Like that very first baking class at age 11. That hand-me-down fishing tackle box of cake decorating supplies. When any one of her home ec students would see the art in baking. How that teacher when she was 11 became her champion and mentor. And how her mom showed her every day that home cooking is about more than food.