We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacey and Amber Rodgers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacey and Amber, what inspires you?
Amber: I am inspired by growth. I love to see people grow in all aspects of their life. If I can help someone, it truely inspires me and makes me happy.
Stacey: I am inspired by people. I love to hear people tell their stories, where they come from, good or bad and where they’re at now. I learn from hearing other people’s stories and it makes me a better person to hear life experiences.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Amber: I was in the process of going through a divorce so I needed a job I could bring my children to. Although I had gone to college for Accounting, I couldn’t afford childcare as a single parent. I found a little shop across from the post office and the owner said he would be right over. He was a sweet 70 year old gentleman. He rented it to me with a handshake and a promise to pay him in 2 weeks after I had gotten my tax refund. I immediately called Dad and told him I rented a shop. Him being a building engineer he instantly asked what he could do to help me build my shop. I put paper signs in the windows of a grand opening in 30 days and counted down every few days with a new sign. The community was really excited. It was next to a university so lots of people walked by everyday and were really excited for our opening. When we opened we instantly began making a profit. I never had to get a loan. I wanted to make crazy flavored cupcakes with a dense cake which was different than the ships that were around at that time in 2010. I also wanted the flavors to be very apparent as soon as you took a bite. I had worked ony recipie making cupcakes for 4 years. Everyday my mom would come over and we would try to figure out how we could make them even better. Within a few mo ths I had applied to be on Cupcakes Wars on the Foot Network. They called pretty quickly and set us up for the show within a few months. It was amazing and offered publicity you can’t buy. We were lucky enough to go on twice. Fast forward now, we moved to Texas in August last year and fell absolutely head over heels in love with the Houston area. We opened Glitter Quake Cupcakes in October 2021 and business has been going well since. I was diagnosed with severe anemia and thyroid tumors in December. But luckily I’m feeling so much better now and have surgery scheduled for next month. Since the diagnosis I’ve been at home much more than in the shop, so I started working on other projects to build income streams. I designed a luxury shoe with a cupcake theme, A few NFT collections, a clothing brand, and art creation. Our most exciting project is we’ve decided to open a new restaurant called Mama’s Water. We hope to open by summer 2022. It’s going to be an Indigenous Afro-Latino fusion restaurant that is a play on both husband and my roots. The name was inspired by Mami Wata which was a mermaid like godess who protected the slaves on the middle passage. We’re excited to partner with The Landing. We plan to donate part of the proceeds to fight human trafficking which is a form of modern day slavery, a cause close to our hearts.
Stacey: I recently retired from the Army after 23 years. I met my wife Amber and we decided to move to Texas. My wife had previously had a cupcake shop and we had played with the idea of possibly opening one in Texas. We just woke up one day and decided why not, we love Texas and we’re here to stay. Texans love their sweets so this must be the place to be.
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?
We would go to blind dining for sure. That is so fun! Andy’s Kitchen for a cheeseburger.
Mickys Soul Food for Ox tails
Glitter Quake Cupcakes of course for some cupcakes and gifts.
Nobu was amazing to visit for birthday.
Candytopia for cool pictures as well as all the murals in Houston.
A concert at Sugars Cajun
Andretti racing for some fun
Krab Queenz for super fun drinks and some good fried lobster.
Taste Bar for brunch
AquaS for cotton candy ice cream
I haven’t been yet but we plan to go tiki racing on lake Conroe
And shrimp fishing at Ebi Ebi Shrimp.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Amber: I attribute my success in life to my parents. By success I mean the person I have become because of my upbringing and the old school morals and values I was taught. My parents sacrificed so much to raise us up as good people. My Mom stayed home to care for us. My Dad worked so hard to provide, sometimes 2-3 jobs. Ultimately his love of food and cooking inspired me to want to cook and build something for our family in the future. He is the most amazing man I’ve ever met. Most recently he was diagnosed with stomach cancer a few months ago. The thing he is most crazy about-food, was this Supmans kryptonite. Right now he can’t eat like he used to so it’s been rough for all of us, but we know how short life it now. He has again lit a fire under me to want to build for my children and family so nobody needs to worry. We’re in the middle of working on so many projects right now, so it’s very exciting for us. My husband Stacey has made it possible for us to create these opportunities and he always supports all the ideas and plans we come up with. I really appreciate him for that.
Stacey: I would shout out God and my wife Amber. We work so well together and she gives me the drive to keep going. Her thought process and business mind inspires me not to stop.