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Decadent Creations has had a loyal following long before it rose to fame on television.

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in our Hillsboro's Best special section. Every year, the Tribune solicits feedback from the public for our annual Hillsboro's Best awards.

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Whether youre looking for lunch, a snack or desserts for later, Decadent Creations in downtown, is a must. One of Hillsboros newest restaurants, the shop gained notoriety long before it opened after owner Mindy Simmons won the TV competition Chopped.Baking had always been a childhood dream for Mindy Simmons. At the age of 5, pretended she had a restaurant, running into her parents' room in the morning to show them little menus she wrote herself before crafting delicious confections from the oven.

Although her parents had originally steered her away from her passion to find a safer option to make a living, Simmons' has proven to be one of Hillsboro's most popular bakers, with national name recognition and a new retail bakery and cafe in downtown.

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Location: 173 NE 3rd Ave, Suite 103

Hours: Wed-Fri 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat-Sun 8 a.m. -2 p.m.

Decadent Creations Bakery was born in 2010 in Portland, and is the result of Simmons' lifelong passion for baking and unwillingness to compromise freshness and quality as a stubborn employee at many other bakeries in town.

On a whim, Simmons decided in 2005 to enroll in the Western Culinary School in Portland, now the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. That schooling led her to the Hillsboro and Beaverton farmers markets, where she became a mainstay, introducing patrons to her baked goods. Simmons rented kitchen space and baked all night. One summer, she worked every single day, her time was divided between making her own creations and baking at various bakeries around the Portland area. She lucked out when an uncle with a successful software developing company decided to invest in her business, and bought her the remodeled historical house that the shop is currently located at now.

Then came 2015, when Simmons was featured on the popular TV cooking competition "Chopped." Simmons won the competition, launching her to national recogniation. When she opened her downtown store, the line stretched out the door.

Simmons has been fine tuning her recipes for years, and can bake the likes of cake, cookies, French macarons, salty dog brownies (a best seller), homemade breads, and more. The menu features sandwiches at lunchtime, bars, cobblers, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pastries, pie, tarts and other confectionary treats, as well as artisan coffee from Water Avenue, which began its roasting on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland's southeast industrial district in winter of 2009.

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