Today we’d like to introduce you to Myya Jackson.
Hi Myya, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Growing up, my mother would make these sweet potato pies and peach cobblers for holidays. She would ask me to help, I would roll dough, imprint the dough, cut peaches, beat the sweet potato filling, and of course be her taste tester. As I got older, I would make the pies and peach cobblers for the family myself. My mother started my interest in baking without me even realizing it. I went off to college in 2009 to go into the sciences. I had my mindset that I would be a doctor. If you went to college, you understand that you learn independence when moving away for college and that’s what I did. I started cooking for myself more and more and found myself baking more as well. I would try new things and have my friends try them, still not realizing the love I had for it. It was just a hobby. So it’s safe to say I am self-taught. I graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Dillard University and moved back home to Atlanta to “take a break”, I got pregnant. So I got a certification in Phlebotomy and start working as a phlebotomist and then it hit me, I wanted to bake more. I start making cakes for my friend’s children’s birthdays and family functions. I didn’t think I wanted to make a business out of this but people would tell me how good my desserts were and I remember my mom telling me after tasting my desserts growing up “girl this is good, we need to sell this”. Time went on and I had my baby. For my daughter’s second birthday, I made the dessert table layout. It was beautiful, I got so many complaints….then that’s when I knew it made me happy and I wanted to do this as a business. In 2018 a good friend and I decided to go into business together. She is an event planner, so our deal was I would be her vendor for every party she book. I’m glad we were able to start our businesses together and support each other through the beginning stages of starting a small business. We branched off soon after.
I became Marie’s Sweet Little Tingz LLC. I named our business after my family’s middle name tradition. I wanted something meaningful and something I could pass down to my daughter and for generations to come. I’m the 4th generation and my daughter is the 5th generation of Marie’s in our family. When I refer to the business I say “our” business. She gets a percentage of every sell and we are building this together. We still have a long way to go. However, I am very grateful for where we have come, all of the connections I have made, and the repeat customers that spread the word and support our business every event they have. I am now known as “Cake BOSS”.
Our motto is “Enjoy the Little Tingz”. I believe in life, the little things are overlooked. You can find joy, peace, and love in the little things. Just like when I see a customer’s face light up when seeing their confections or the reviews that we get makes all the hard work, sweat, and tears worth it! So I thank God for the little things and I want to give every customer an experience of enjoying them too!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If you have a business or have had one, you know that it is not perfect. So I would not say it has been a smooth road at all. There have been long nights (like all-nighters where I do not sleep at all), underpricing, unpleased customers, failure for sure, and still, I am not where I want us to be. There are so many goals and ideas left to flourish. I appreciate the rocky road though because it helps me become strong each time we jump the hurdle.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We are a nontraditional bakery! Any dessert you can think of we can make it! We do personal orders, family orders, to party/event orders! We strive to give you the experience of “Enjoying The Little Tingz”!
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
My advice to people that are starting out to know that it is okay to fail but do not give up! Also, for people that want to start a business… JUST DO IT! I started with no customers but now I have repeat customers!
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