We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Corpus and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Back in 2018 I had just graduated from high school, I didn’t have money for college, so I decided that taking a gap year was one of my best options. I needed to save up money, but I wasn’t sure of what to do. Baking was something that I had always loved doing, at almost every holiday or family gathering I would be the one to bake cupcakes or cookies for the event. With that, my mother suggested I start selling cupcakes. I had always wanted to be a baker and to sale cakes or cupcakes, so this was the perfect thing for me. It was the perfect way to make some money while doing what I loved. After deciding I would start a little baking business and around $100 my mother gave me, we went to buy baking and packaging supplies, and I reached out to family and family friends to ask if they would like to order cupcakes to help me start out my new venture. From there I created a Facebook and Instagram page, and slowly began working towards growing my business. Now three years later of running Maggie’s Sweet Tooth, I have come pretty far. I have learned and done many things that I never thought I would have been able to do!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Houston is a very large city, and there are many amazing bakers and cake decorators out here. And although there are many of us here, we all have our own uniqueness. Something I like to think that sets me apart from others, is that I try to connect with my customers and get to know them. Sometimes these cakes or treats are one of the main focus of the party, and I don’t want to just create a cake or treat for their special event based of off photos they got for inspiration. I want to make sure I add a part of their personality to their special dessert. I never want to view my customers as just customers or someone that has hired me to make them something. I want to make sure I work with them and make sure I create something that both them and their guests will enjoy. I am most proud of how far I have come since I started and my will to not give up when orders were slow or especially when the pandemic began. At the beginning of 2020 things seemed great, but when Covid cases began to rise and restrictions began, things weren’t looking too good for me. I was afraid that people wouldn’t want to purchase treats and cakes from a home baker and that my dream job was about to end. However, thanks to all the great people on social media who never forgot about us small businesses, I was able to pull through it and even grow my business more.They made a difficult year a little better for many of us and still continue to do so. This encouraged me to keep going and to keep working towards doing what I love. I made sure that I kept improving and bettering my skills and recipes to deliver the very best I could to all my customers.
Through these past few years, I have learned many things about running my business and managing my life. I have also learned that not everyone will support or appreciate all the work you put into your job, and that is ok. Not everyone is here to support you, and it’s not something that should bring you down. I am proud of having built myself up from that 18 year old who didn’t know what the future was going to look like, or what my career path would be. Running this business is something I am extremely grateful and thankful for. I really want y’all to know that I have never and will never take an ounce of support from y’all for granted.
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?
Somewhere I love to visit is Bellaire. There is a shop there that has amazing korean corn dogs. My sister and I both like to go there regularly. This area has so many great Asian cuisine, snacks, and desserts. Another place near there is Tea Cup Cafe, they have a wide variety of boba teas and green teas. They serve food and they are even open late at night on weekends. Taking a friend to the Discovery Green park is always a great choice, there are always event going on, and it is also surrounded by great food. The Rodeo Houston is another great spot when it is here, you have everything you need for a fun night games, food, drinks, and rides. Houston is a very diverse and rich in culture city. There is something here for anyone and everyone who lives here or comes down to visit.
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?
My mom, family, and new found friends definitely deserve a lot of recognition and credit for my success. Without my mother, I probably would have never taken the leap to begin my business. My family has allowed me to have my own section in the house for my baking. My friend, who is also a small business owner, has supported me and encouraged me a lot. All these people have helped me one way or another to get to where I am. Without them, and my amazing customers and followers, I would have given up when things felt like they wouldn’t work out.