Sun, 8 February 2015
Hipatia Lopez was born and raised in New Jersey. My parents are from Quito, Ecuador. She graduated from William Paterson University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and worked in public accounting for 6 years. Currently, She has 2 Part-time jobs and started her own company called H.L. Unico LLC. She opened up her business because she invented a kitchen utensil called “Empanada Fork” which is a pastry press used to make fork like impressions on dough.
Her husband Henry is Dominican and is the cook in her family, she has3 children. Hipatia had an idea during the Thanksgiving holiday season of 2010 while her family and her were preparing the holiday menu. They were making 100 empanadas and naturally she was the “closer” which she did not like because it took forever and her hand started to hurt. She stopped and thought, “I wonder if there is a utensil I can use to close them?” So she started to do some research and had the idea on her mind all the time. When she told her family what she wanted to do – they said “Go for it!” so Hipatia started to contact lawyers and realized she was on a road to something great. This journey which started off with an idea that seemed crazy at first has helped Hipatia grow as an individual. Hipatia realizes now that it is okay to take chances in life. She hopes to make her utensil known to others and tell the WORLD it exists: "Empanada Fork"
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