Ok Ok! So, I may a little biased being that my first job and first business owner experience started with her but, I truly have the utmost respect and love for her! I went to Le Cordon Bleu for baking and pastry and when I was in the end of my time at school, the last 6 weeks had to be an Externship in a bakery. There were a lot of requirements and the number one thing was that they had to bake their own cakes and they had to use fondant and gumpaste in the shop because that’s what I was trained in and what we did in school. I searched and contemplated staying in Atlanta but things changed and I decided I was going to come back to Columbus at least to do my Externship and then figure things out. Well, I could not believe my eyes when I came across this business on Google. I looked at a few cakes and instantly knew she did the kind of work that I wanted to do. I searched on Facebook and the same things were coming up! TALENT! REAL CUSTOM CAKES!!!! I went for an interview and started my Externship in February 2012, she hired me on full time in May of 2012, and soon after, she asked me to be a partner in the business. I was there until July of 2016 and those were the hardest, most exhausting, yet fun and rewarding days of my life! I learned so much and I am so proud of how well she has done for her business! Here is my interview questions that I asked her! ENJOY!
Tell me a little about yourself! Who are you? My name is Tanya and I was Born and raised in Columbus GA, I love my family and baking cakes from a love shown on both sides of my family. My father says I got it from my German Oma and my maternal grandma would say I got it from her. Either way I’m grateful for their influence.
What is the name of your business? Midtown Cakes. What inspired the name? The original location area in Midtown!
What do you do or what services do you provide? I make one of a kind custom wedding and party cakes. I also specialize in cupcakes, pies and homestyle cookies.
What inspired you to open your own business? I wanted a place where people could find a cake that looked beautiful and tasted yummy! There wasn’t anyone in Columbus providing that service and I saw a hole in the market that needed to be filled.
How long have you been doing this and how long have you been in business? I have been baking for over 20 years and doing it professionally for a little over 10 years.
What sets you apart from other businesses like yours? By having a licensed home studio, clients get one of a kind personalized service. From the first contact to pickup, it’s just me. And they can be sure that it’s personal to me and I want to make sure I provide them with a service that leaves a lasting memory.
Who is/are your biggest supporters? My husband, children and my niece! Well, really all of my family. And I have some clients that have been with me since day one that I really appreciate!
Any advice you would give to someone wanting to start their own business? Make sure to see if the market can handle your business and start off small. Treat people like you want to be treated.
In your opinion, what do you consider to be a successful business? One where you can enjoy quality time with your family and friends and continue to do what you love. You should run your business not the other way around.
What is one thing that has helped you to stay in business? I just love baking and creating new cakes! And having clients that support you and share you with there friends and family. Also having the help of my niece Shelby and my husband who does the heavy lifting!
What is your favorite part of owning your own business? Now, it is being able to do it from home in a licensed studio. Also being able to make my hours to accommodate my family is so important.