Shawn Murray-Laursen of Fenton was a compassionate student nurse caring for a very ill homeless patient nine years ago when they bonded over their shared love of pasta.
Knowing that Christmas 2006 was going to be her patient’s last Christmas, Murray-Laursen made her a special gift of homemade pasta, recreating Christmas designs and images using special touches of fruits, vegetables, spices and food colorants.
When her patient opened the gift, she said it was the “prettiest pasta” she’d ever seen and she hoped her nurse friend would share it with the world.
From 2006 to 2014, Murray-Laursen refined and elaborated the process which enables the designs and images to remain on the pasta through the boiling process. Prior to 2013, the only pasta available throughout the world consisted of only a few colors and shapes.
Now, Pretty Pasta Company’s designer pasta has actual edible images, words and photographs which can withstand the boiling process, and Murray-Laursen currently holds a Patent Pending on her unique product.
Murray-Laursen opened the doors to Pretty Pasta Company across from The Weed Lady in Grand Blanc on Sept. 11, 2014, choosing that date to launch her brick and mortar business in memory of a friend who perished during the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
Pretty Pasta Company is the only company in the world which allows consumers to design their own pasta for their life events at their Grand Blanc pasta studio, and creates corporate marketing pasta products for companies around the world.
The company has hand delivered pasta to Lady Gaga in New York City, George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America and it’s the second year for Eddy Money to enjoy Pretty Pasta designed for him at the DTE Energy Theater.
Bill Clinton was the first former U.S. President to appear on pasta when he received Photoccini Brand pasta from Pretty Pasta Company during his Flint visit last October.
Pretty Pasta Company products are sold in four Michigan malls: Twelve Oaks in Novi, Partridge Creek in Clinton, Laurel Park Place in Livonia and Briarwood in Ann Arbor. Williams-Sonoma stores also periodically invite Pretty Pasta Company to come into their stores to promote their company and products.
The company was one of 30 companies from the U.S. and Canada to include products for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards in September 2014. “We ship all over the world,” said Murray-Laursen. “We’re already receiving orders for Christmas. I knew eventually this concept would make its way, but I didn’t realize how quickly it would take off.”
Oh, the pasta-bilities...