We had the good fortune of connecting with Alecia Frausto and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alecia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I initially started my business because I was needing something to do at home to keep me busy. I left my job as a nurse in the beginning of the pandemic to stay home with my newborn baby. We decided we weren’t comfortable putting him in daycare so early so I chose to stay home. While staying home I decided to turn my hobby baking into a business! I’ve always wanted to have my own business so I said, “Why not doing what I love. Making sweets and making art!”

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been a baker since I was a toddler. My parents have always encouraged my cooking whether it was treats or a simple dinner. I became a licensed registered nurse in 2014, went to school to become an RN in 2018 and then received my bachelors degree in nursing in 2020 from the university of Texas in Arlington. Although I’ve always wanted to be a nurse and help others but I’ve also always been passionate about my baking. Since starting this business, I’ve learned how much I love creating beautiful things, then of course… eating them! I’ve found baking as an outlet for creative expression and find so much gratitude in the appreciation I receive from my customers. Im just getting started but I’m so excited to see where this business takes me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Houston and I love exploring it! I feel like I can always find something new! My must haves in Houston are Frank’s Pizza and chinatown over on bellaire. Theres always great restaurants, noodle houses, ice cream and even cheap (and amazing) massage places in chinatown. I love the shops in the area and Daiso is a must! Another favorite gem of mine is Kiran’s. On the weekends they even serve High Tea for brunch along with a four course meal. The flavors are amazing and the chef is so sweet. for some good Texas-style barbecue I love killens in Pearland and The Pit Room, however if you’re looking for Texas-sized barbecue baked potatoes the drive to Pearland at Central Texas Barbecue is worth it.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My daughter has been my right hand through this whole process, she’s been my inspiration and my assistant with all of my creations. My husband has supported my dreams and my best critic when I’m needing advice.

Website: www.thepaintedberry.store

Instagram: @thepaintedberry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepaintedberry

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