We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelique Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelique, how do you think about risk?
Honestly, risk plays a huge role in where I have gotten and where I am today. Being scared or nervous to fail, is completely normal and totally okay. But taking that risk, that jump into an unknown world is what boosted my confidence in the decisions I make as well as developing growth within my business. You won’t know the outcome if you never take the risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Half&Half Bakery did not happen over night, it actually took hard work over nights that continued into the even harder work put in through out the days.
Growing up, the kitchen was exactly where you would find me. I knew I loved and enjoyed being in the kitchen, but at the time I never expected it to turn into what it has. My official journey began in 2015 where I started to teach myself various techniques by research or just jumping in and going at it. Soon, cracking a couple eggs and whipping up some frosting evolved into my greatest passion. I specialize in making every event just a little bit SWEETER.
Challenges will come your way when you’re trying to achieve something and they will always keep coming. The biggest lesson I have learned in getting where I am today with my business is learning to adjust and make things better with what you have. Trust in your work, trust the process and keep your faith that when current doors shut, new ones that you didn’t know exist are being opened. Things change, clients wants may alter, designs and fads fade you just have to go with it and make something amazing out of it. When life hands you lemons…. I say make a whole lemon cake out of it! As a small business owner, when COVID – 19 hit in March of 2020 I saw “Challenge” written all over it, but I also saw “Overcome”. I did not fear a decline in business… but I adjusted where I needed to make what I had work and create something new. I continued catering to my clients needs and pushing myself to provide them with new dessert options that would fit what they were looking for more. Although parties became smaller, there was still a time to be celebrated.
What better time to fulfill my life long dream of a Mobile Bakery, where business doesn’t have to come to me but I could go directly to them no matter the location.
The work doesn’t stop here. I have reached my dream of having a mobile bakery but I am continuing to peruse my goal of owning my own store front where families and friends can gather to celebrate, parents can bring their children for a sweet treat, students can have a place to study or even take a break from the books! A place where everyone is welcome, and all occasions are worth a celebration.
I have a vision for what I’m wanting, and I am excited to transform my dreams into reality, one cupcake at a time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting from out of Houston… she would have her agenda booked! Houston is definitely the place to be. I have taken staycations in Houston to get away from home and enjoy our city.
I would suggest visiting the Marriott with the Texas shaped pool, we would roll with the wind as far as food is concerned… I mean come on, who really knows exactly what they want to eat. Haha. Probably a tasty burger and shake from the Burger Joint, or street tacos from the Food Truck Yard. We would definitely be visiting all of the Houston museums and the Houston Zoo. We would make our way to Discovery Green for the Paddle boats and take a stroll or even rent out a bike at the Buffalo Bayou Park have a picnic and watch the city view as the days came to an end. I don’t know if a week would allow us to enjoy all of the amazing things my city of Houston has to offer. There is so much to do and endless things to see!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
People congratulate me on how far I have come or the success they see from me, but it would be selfish of me to pretend I did this on my own.
Although, this is a one woman show right now, from picking up supplies, mixing batter up, to decorating each custom order, to delivery to doing pop ups … I couldn’t have gotten to where I am with out the crowd of loving people around me and my faith in my purpose here.
From my mom staying up late hours at night cutting little decorations or rolling cookie dough, to my step dad building the interior of my mobile bakery, to my brother being my (best) worst critic aside from myself, to my best friends for riding along for a pop up to keep me company and being that support. To my family and friends being there every step of the way, throwing ideas out when I seem to have drawn a blank, encouraging me to stay on track when I may have reached a point of question.
My heart goes out to my better halves. (Half :pun intended) I can not thank these amazing people enough for being my push, encouraging me and reminding me everyday that when you have a strong foundation and know where the center of it is, you can achieve anything you want to put effort into and work towards.
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