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A lovely story that will give you the courage to believe in your dreams, accept encouragement from friends, not lose faith in yourself, and realize this is how a life well-planned happens. Gather your family for movie night at home and enjoy checking out the awesome desserts at the Sweet Love Bistro…the story AND treats are Dove approved for all ages!
Best friend Rupi (Pricilla Mudaliar) is the perpetual matchmaker much to the annoyance of PR exec Mikayla (Stephanie Cleough), a very bad judge of love interests. When yet another date bombs within a few minutes, Austin (David Paetkau), coffee shop owner, makes a joke at Mikayla’s expense much to her chagrin. But onward to the office and hoping for that promotion! An introduction to the newest manager, Deidre (Stephanie Izsak), with instruction to “show her the ropes” leaves Mikayla feeling unappreciated and left behind…again.
Chatting with Austin at the Worldly Coffee Shop lets her know that he is an aspiring chef wanting to introduce a food menu but it’s a daunting undertaking and he is not ready. Mikayla does her best to encourage him to give it a try. When Mikayla arrives for her usual coffee fix, Austin presents her with an elegant pastry dessert that she absolutely loves.
As Mikayla and Austin get to know each other, Mikayla finds herself talking about her bad dates and she and Austin are connecting on a comfortable level of trust and new-found friendship. Mikayla shyly asks Austin to advise her on prospective boyfriends and she, in turn, will taste-test his desserts. A win-win!
Austin confides in Mikayla that his lease is coming up for renewal, the rent is going up, and coffee sales will not pay the rent. Mikayla gets excited about Austin’s dream to open a dessert bistro and with his passion and culinary skills, perhaps this is a “sign” it’s time to take that plunge. Austin is inspired by Mikayla’s passion and enthusiasm and agrees to have Mikayla help him rebrand the Worldly Café. It’s her opportunity to show her boss, Kelly (Melanie Rees), she is executive material.
As Austin and Mikayla work on renovating the café into a dessert bistro, the sparks are beginning to fly. The bistro is taking shape and looks amazing, and the press release announces Portland’s hottest new bistro and its grand opening. They just need Anthony DeRupp (Matt Brown), the renowned food critic, to attend. But when a high-end restaurant with a heavy-hitter chef decides to hold a huge event on the same day, Austin accuses Mikayla of not warning him, and now there is no chance Anthony would attend the little bistro opening.
Mikayla is not giving up, but can she make it all happen on such short notice? She must swallow her pride, heed her boss’s advice, and ask for help from a rival colleague. Opening day is the beginning of Austin’s dream becoming a reality. But when Kelly shows up at the Bistro, will she recognize all of Mikayla’s hard work? And will Austin and Mikalya realize they are destined to share their “sweet-treat” future together as well?
The Dove Take:“Knowing your limits and how best to utilize your team is what makes a great executive.” Sweet words to Mikayla’s ears, but also applicable to anyone’s life – know your strengths, know how to use them, don’t give up, and keep building on your dreams.