3 local couples who share their lives together, as well as their love of feeding Orlando 

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click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF TRINA GREGORY-PROPST & VA PROPST
  • Photo courtesy of Trina Gregory-Propst & Va Propst

The restaurant: Se7en Bites
The couple: Trina Gregory-Propst & Va Propst

Anyone who says nothing good happens at a strip club hasn't met Trina and Va Propst. They attended a birthday party for twin friends and were each friends with one of the twins. When they met, Trina was still in culinary school and Va had taken a few years off from the restaurant industry to work for an insurance company. "She couldn't resist my chocolate peanut butter bacon cupcakes," says Trina. We're not surprised, and if you've tried any of the sweet delights at Se7en Bites, you probably aren't either. The pair dated for a year and married in Manhattan on July 17, 2013. They've been married for almost three years.

You might think that working together in the same restaurant means plenty of QT as a couple, but for Trina and Va, that's not always the case. "The biggest challenge for us is not having enough time together. I know that's hard to believe, but it's true. We may be in the same 1,000-square-foot space all day, but we are definitely busy with separate tasks," says Trina. "Va does most of the savory kitchen tasks and maintenance, while I take care of the sweet kitchen as well as front of house and customer service."

As much work as it is, there are big rewards too: They cite being able to bounce ideas off each other and collaborate (especially on breakfast specials), as well as knowing they've accomplished all this together. There's a lot to celebrate, too. Se7en Bites' new, larger space will open in July. One more plus: "Maybe a stolen kiss in the walk-in, on occasion," Trina says.

According to the couple, either one could run the entire business if needed, but their efforts ebb and flow with daily, monthly and yearly tasks. Some things they divide and conquer, and some things they take on together.

Trina admires Va's work ethic and ninja-like knife skills. "I know if she says something can be done, it'll happen. She's never let me, or our business, down." Va says she's never seen anyone "pinch pies" as fast as Trina (sexy!). "We are each other's biggest fans."

Se7en Bites Bake Shop, 207 N. Primrose Drive, 407-203-0727 (planning to move to 617 Primrose Drive summer 2016), facebook.com/Se7enbites

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