We had the good fortune of connecting with Joan Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joan, what do you attribute your success to?
If I am going to be honest, there are a few important factors involved in the success of The Hippie Cakery thus far. The first two have been my faith and perseverance. Anyone who has started a business knows the hard work, long hours, and dedication it takes to see a dream through to fruition. There are many days when it takes a great morning prayer and a good cup of coffee to get through the business building process. I think the third factor to my current success is always remembering people matter. This means a few things, It means I may give away more baked goods this week than I sell because there is a need in the community. It means I strive for not just clean, well-executed cake designs but the best tasting baked goods I can possibly make. It also means, I price fairly, especially during this current times we live in. Lastly, I have a great support system between my marketing agent, my social media content producer, my food service inspector, my project manager, and my community outreach director(my daughter, my son, my brother, my husband, and my best friend). These key people help keep my cup full, my mind focused and my spirit happy.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Hippie Cakery in the past six months has launched a few great services that I think set us apart from others. We have both our Cupcakes & Cocktails and Cupcakes & Caprisun cupcake decorating personal parties. These are opportunities for both ladies night/couples date night and children’s activities all from the comfort of your home with your own circle of friends. We have also launched our Happy Hippie Boxes. These are custom boxes of treats either from our breakfast bread collection and/or our sweet treat collection. They are available for personal gift giving, employee appreciation, real estate closings, business meetings and the occasions are endless. The most exciting news is that we recently went live with our website!! While mobile access is still under construction, our desktop version has launched!! It makes customizing your cake/cupcakes/treats so much quicker and easier!! www.thehippiecakery.com Getting to this point has definitely been a journey of trial and error, but we are excited to be where we are, and where we are headed!!
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?
A week long trip to our area in Richmond Texas would have to include some of these things: Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry from A Perfect Latte. Adults head out for an early afternoon massage at Simply Divine Massage, then head on over for a delicious lunch at Ramble Creek! You’ll then be ready for a little strategic entertainment and should head over to, Let Me Out Escape Room. After you escape, wind down your week with an amazing margarita at Las Mananitas coupled with some great Mexican food!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh goodness! There are so many. If I needed to pinpoint who I would like to give thanks and a shoutout at this point in my journey, I would have to give a shoutout to the community that has supported me, through their purchases and recommendations. It truly makes my soul happy when I am able to bring happiness to others’ celebrations with my custom cakes/cupcakes and treats. These people have been monumental in that! Of course, I am always grateful to my immediate family and friends who continue to support me. Lastly, a huge Thank You to my grandchildren, Houston, Hendrix & Holiday (yes, we are truly hippies) who never get tired of sampling my cakes!
The Hippie Cakery.