We had the good fortune of connecting with Aquinnetta Mims and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aquinnetta, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting my own business was one of many exciting moments in my life. Through all the excitement, I was also terrified because I did not know what to expect. I just knew I wanted to build a business that expresses my love for healthiness and baking. HealthyAddicts is a business that I built in showcasing that you can live a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy the sweets we all crave. I have spent many years battling with the ups and downs of maintaining a healthy diet that resulted in unbalanced weight. Once, I learned that sugar was my problem. I begin to think of different alternatives on how I can enjoy the sweets I love but healthier. That’s when I started baking healthy treats like cookies, brownies, and protein-energy bites that not only were healthy but, tasted amazing and I did not feel guilt for just eating more than one. I want everyone from adults to children to feel the warmth, the love, and deliciousness when they take a bite of my cookies, brownies, or protein energy bites. Healthyaddicts purpose is to help adults and children maintain a healthy sugar-free lifestyle, especially those who have underlying health issues like my mom that has to maintain a strict sugar-free diet. Healthyaddicts is more than providing our customers with delicious treats. We are here to introduce a new way of snacking but with flavor.
What should our readers know about your business?
HealthyAddicts is an online bakeshop in Forney, Texas. That specializes in healthy gourmet treats made with the highest quality ingredients, with fun vegan-friendly options + flavor in every bite. Our cookies and brownies are soft, chewy, and semi-crispy around the edges with an oh my gosh center. Now, our protein energy bites are perfect bite sizes that will leave your body protein-up and energized. All our treats are addictive and will have you ordering extra. We are not your typical bakery because we shaped our business around healthiness with a twist. Our customers have an option when it comes down to their health. We want our customers to enjoy a sweet snack, but with healthy ingredients + sugar-free, but filled with flavor. I am most excited to see how all my hard work and sleepless nights are paying off. I made it to where I am today through God’s grace and my family support because if it was not for any of those reasons, I do not know how my business would have made it this far. Running a business is a lifetime achievement but, it comes with a lot of time and effort. Nothing about owning your own business is easy because it comes with a lot of challenges and obstacles. But everything I faced was worth it because it made me stronger, it showed me patience, and how to manage my time. I want the world to know that healthyaddicts are more than a bakery. It is a brand that I am growing to inspire, motivate, and satisfy their sweet tooth cravings
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.
Dallas is a city that is full of exciting surprises. That’s why any friends that are visiting should always be open to anything new and adventurous. Some of the must-visit areas would be uptown, Frisco, downtown, and bishop arts because there are many restaurants, fun bars, and beautiful museums/galleries. I do not have a favorite spot because I enjoy good food, wine, and tasty cocktails. I love being a tourist in my city because when my friends come into town, we can check out new spots and vibes while creating fun memories.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My business would not be half successful if it were not for God and my family. My sister Urshla, because if it were not for her brilliant marketing skills, my mom and stepdad teaching me that presentation is everything and the importance of building a successful business. I’m not sure my business would be where it is today. So, I honor my family for teaching me the strong values of hard work, discipline, and determination. I would not have made it this far in any aspect of my 27 years of life if it were not for those three values.