We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alicia, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am originally from Oklahoma. I was born in Tulsa and grew up in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. I was raised by a single mother that was from Mississippi and both she and my grandmother inspired me to cook and bake. My mother loved helping others and part of that was her cooking and baking for family, friends and anyone that needed and/or wanted a good meal. She was my biggest supporter in anything that I wanted to do and pursue. That shaped me into who I am today. She was also a business woman and her strength and encouragement definitely helped me in my path.

What should our readers know about your business?
My business is Sweet Divine Baking and it is a home-based baking business specializing in custom cakes, custom desserts and wedding cakes. What separates my business from others is that every order is made with love, with premium ingredients with some of my recipes that have been passed down to me from my grandmother and mother. Every custom order is personalized. Every customer is special and unique and their order should be customized just for them; and as such, I don’t duplicate custom orders. Additionally, I make sure that my customer service is 5 stars as I believe in treating others the way that I want to be treated and I want my customers happy in all aspects of their service with me. That also establishes returning and faithful customers as well. I am most proud of how far I’ve come since starting my business in Michigan in 2008. It has been a long road and many trials and errors, but I’ve learned and grown so much and am thankful and excited for where God is taking me.
I do everything myself, and there has been many challenges along the way including days where I didn’t get any sleep. I’ve learned to plan my schedule better and there’s a limit to how many orders that I can take each week. In the beginning of starting my business, planning my schedule and how many orders that I could take each week was difficult because I didn’t want to turn anyone away. I still try to accommodate as many customers as I can, but I know my limit now. Everyday I try to learn something new and I am always looking for ways to improve my talents, get new ideas, hone my craft and improve my processes and business overall. Change is inevitable and I always strive to push myself to new limits.

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?
Some of the restaurants that I would take my best friend to are: Pangea, Roots Southern Kitchen, Haywire in Plano and The Vault. We would go to some places in Bishop Arts District and Deep Ellum, We would also check out some of the popular areas like Klyde Warren Park, the Fort Work Stockyards. We would go to some live music spots like Neo Soul Sunday at Lava Cantina. We would also go shopping and also check out some of the local boutiques.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my mother and grandmother. They are no longer with me but they are who inspire me still to this day. They were my biggest supporters, encouragers and greatest positive examples.

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