We had the good fortune of connecting with Chasiti Mosely and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chasiti, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I from a relatively small town about two hours away from Houston, called Port Arthur, Texas. I was born there but raised in Houston, however, I have very vivid memories of the time I would spend there. I remember spending Holidays with my immediate and extended family, watching my great aunts and my grandmother cooking in the kitchen until morning. There was something so comforting about not only being around the people that I loved but also gathering around all of the delicious food that took countless hours to prepare. From a child, I’ve loved the art of food; the thought behind the preparation, the taste, the smell, but most of all the way it brings people together. I’ve taken these sweet memories with me as I’ve grown older and have found fun and interesting ways to entertain my guests over some of my favorite meals. Through these gatherings, I developed my craft and soon knew that I wanted to own a bakery/coffee shop. While 2020 brought on several challenges, it also gave us the opportunity to slow down and discover. My discovery was my talent in creating baked goods, such as macarons, cakes, and cookies. It was during this time, that I officially developed Meringues & Mischief.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Meringues & Mischief is the product of what I have coached entrepreneurs to do throughout my entire career. I started my career in the franchising industry as a Director of Operations, helping entrepreneurs to create small businesses, hire the right teams, market their business effectively, and most importantly become profitable. This job was rewarding, yet challenging at times but helped mold me into the professional I am today. I remember thinking on several occasions, “I would love to create this for myself” but I did not feel that I had the tools or even the confidence to do so. The lack of confidence I had in my entrepreneurial capabilities led me to creating what I like to call “The Playbook” for others to utilize, grow, and flourish as business owners. While I may have not taken a leap of faith, I do find much appreciation for my coaching years as those years were also spent developing and learning from my peers. I was able to fine tune my skills in Human Resources, communication, business development, and operational excellence. These were the very bones and foundation that I needed to eventually take the leap of faith to leave my full time job and create Meringues & Mischief.
What sets Meringues & Mischief apart from others is that “WE DELIVER” (just kidding). I’ve spent years immersing myself in good food, great atmospheres, and great company; absorbing, listening, learning, and taking notes. What I have found it is that a cake is one of two things, good looking or good tasting. Having both is the treat of a lifetime. At Meringues & Mischief, we create treats that possess both qualities, allowing our clients to have both something that they can capture and cherish for years to come and also a taste that makes you want to come back for more.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is usually where I would defer to my best friend because she is the planner of the group but I will take a stab at it (lol). The thing that I love most about Houston is the FOOD! Why?… Because you can get the BEST of any cuisine available. One would most likely find me in Chinatown getting Com Tam and a Boba Tea.
I imagine that I would take my friend to a few coffee shops around town because what better way is there to catch up than over coffee. Some of the coffee shops that I frequent are CAVO coffee, Siphon, and Agora; we have a week so there’s definitely time to visit all three. After we’ve gotten our morning Joe, I would suggest a sweat session at one of the boutique fitness studios in Houston – my favorites include RYDE, Revolution Studio, Boost Pilates and many more. Post-workout food would be needed so Local Foods would be a must, preferably the Kirby location due to the nice outside seating area. My friends and I enjoy mid-day naps at this point in our lives so there would most definitely be a moment to pause and recharge. We’d meet back up for an afternoon activity, maybe visiting the museum or finding some cool murals around town to take a few photos. Instagram-able moments are a must when on vacation. Adventure makes us hungry therefore we would most likely grab dinner a little later on at my favorite restaurants, UCHI, being sure to order the fried milk for dessert. To top the night off, I would suggest a nice wine bar like 13 Celsius or Camerata where we could have a chill night, laugh, and reminisce.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a ShoutOut to my son Brayden. He is the reason for everything that I have done in this life. While I may have been 17 years old when I had him, he gave life a whole new meaning. I knew from the moment I was blessed to be his mom that mediocrity was no option, I had to create the best life possible for him. This meant that I worked (A LOT), navigating my way through entry level positions, working my way to executive leadership positions, and ultimately pushing myself to be a business owner. Brayden has been there every step of the way, understanding my long weeks and still loving his mom no matter what. At the age of 5, Brayden was diagnosed with Autism and has championed through and grown to a very smart and handsome 15 year old boy. I wanted to create Meringues & Mischief for him, a place where he can go, be creative, work, and find community. At such a young age, he’s taught me so much but most importantly how to love unconditionally, how to be strong, and how to fight everyday to be the best version of myself. So to him I say Thank You! Thank you to the best son a mother could ask for. I love you!
Photos: Lorri Woodard Photography Hair: Kierra Taylor, Chic Shades Hair