We had the good fortune of connecting with Maya & Gianni Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maya & Gianni, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
We wanted to create something that gives people hope and love during the pandemic. We had the idea years ago and this was the perfect time for us to share our products with the world. Our products are perfect for parties, business gathers, holidays, gifts, etc. and having everyone be more comfortable with sharing something sweet goes a long way. We wanted to leave a business for our children who one day will become motivated to start their own.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We consider ourselves Artists. Baking is a skill, but it also is about putting the right flavors and techniques together for one big masterpiece. Our story started from an idea that has been baking for years and finally stepping out on faith makes everything possible. We work our typical 9-5s but we believe GMJBAKINGCO will eventually pay off in the long run with hard work and dedication. We’ve learned to put in more effort to get a better outcome. The challenges we faced were more of a lesson to know how finances and things to keep the business growing and going especially during a pandemic in which our business was started. We started our business with just jars but we have expanded to doing cakes and cupcakes and party jars which have been awesome during the pandemic!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We love to visit our fave breakfast spot Snooze and get they OMG French Toast. Then we will go to our favorite place City Centre and have lunch at our favorite place “Yard House” who has amazing food and drinks. Lastly, we will get dinner and dessert at Whiskey Bar and Kitchen!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Maya’s aunt “Kim the Kake Queen” is a well known baker in Connecticut who motivated her and other bakers to continue to keep pushing and not being afraid to take risks.