ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — They opened their Nob Hill bakery with hopes and dreams, seed money and $16,615 from a Kickstarter campaign, a love of artisanal breads and a love of the Nob Hill neighborhood they hoped would love them back.
Yuko Kawashiwo and Nobutoshi “Nobu” Mizushima, a young couple from Japan by way of New York and Santa Fe, shared every step of their journey on their Kickstarter and Facebook pages, each update peppered with exclamation points, charming broken English and so much glee and gratefulness that it was hard not to be swept up in their excitement.
They called their business Ihatov Bread and Coffee, named for the magical place written about by their favorite author, Miyazawa Kenji.
“Ihatov means utopia, dreamland,” Kawashiwo said. “Harmonious.”