Jeanette was born in East Berlin but moved during her childhood to West Berlin.
Before arriving in Indianapolis in 1995 she was a trainer at Allianz Insurance Company, specializing in car insurance. Years earlier she had successfully completed a three-year apprenticeship with them but left the company for a few years to live and work in England, improving her language skills.
Jeanette’s husband, who she met in Berlin during his stay there with the US Army, was the reason for her move to Indianapolis. At the time of her arrival in the United States she could not find any variety of the delicious pastries she grew up with, so she started baking for friends and family. As a seasoned home baker and with the encouragement of her husband, she started her German cake catering business, Zamovar, in 2006.
During her time in Indianapolis, Jeanette also worked at a car dealership, as an executive assistant for a previous local grocery chain, as a realtor and for a local relocation company. She co-founded a German School, the Indianapolis German Language Institute, which teaches German to children and was a longtime board member of the German Heritage Society.
Through the previous owner of Perk Up, Jeanette got the opportunity to start “Kaffeeklatsch”, the typical German gathering over coffee and cake, which happens on Sunday afternoons.
It was also there that she met Alice in 2008 and the rest is history.