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

Hi Clarissa, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Never give up on things that make you smile” This quote reminds me to always push forward and work hard for things that bring me joy. It’s such a simple quote but has so much power. Oftentimes we are tempted to give up or abandon things when times get tough but this quote serves as a reminder that if it brings us joy then it’s worth the wait, the struggle, and the work. Being a stay at home mom and small business owner sometimes leaves me drained but more often than not I feel an extreme sense of satisfaction knowing that I can do both and feel immense joy and pride from both aspects of my life. When I first started expanding my business into the custom cookie world I had my daughter always baking and working on her own cookie batches and had my son strapped to my back with a baby wrap. They have watched me grow, they have watched me work hard and have grown and learned with me. When I reflect back on how my business started it was always about never giving up. I was a mom (x2), I was completing my second degree, and I was transitioning my business to be a happy and creative outlet that also brought in extra income for my family. Of course I struggled to find a balance and still do some days but in the end my business brings me happiness. Knowing that my cookies bring joy to so many people and are a small part of so many special and memorable events makes me love my work so much more. I kept on and continue to keep on working on things that make not only me smile but also bring joy to others.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I think primarily what sets my business apart is my customer interactions, and design style. In an era of automated responses and “cut to the point” interactions I pride myself in taking the time to truly understand what my clients want. I do my best to discuss details and make their cookies a true custom order. I research and test new techniques constantly and always try to treat my clients how I’d want to be treated as a patron of any other business. I think beyond a customer relationship many clients have become friends. I have clients who I’ve made wedding cookies, then baby announcement cookies and baby shower cookies and now I’m making their kids birthday cookies! Things like this make me feel so honored to be a part of such sweet milestones and make me proud to be able to offer a consistent and quality product.

Another big thing that sets me apart from other local bakers is my desire to create cookies that highlight Latino/a culture. One of my degrees is in Anthropology and thus one of my passions is culture and learning about people from all over the world. My bright bold logo with two little mangos and sometimes difficult to remember business name(Los Dos Manguitos) paired with my sarape tablecloths and fun nostalgic and classic Mexican/Latin American designs always set me apart from other businesses. Typically at my pop ups you will find cookie designs that include Frida Kahlo, pan dulce, sarape, elotes, tacos, as well as many other culturally relevant designs. I love creating designs that bring people joy and make them say “wow, I would have never thought I’d see this made into a cookie”.

My business began as a way for my husband and I to bring in extra income while I was in college and expecting my first child. We started selling Mexican Antojitos in 2015 and have since gone through a continuous transformation that has brought me into the cookie world. We still offer Mexican antojitos and my cookie recipe is inspired by classic Mexican cookies. It hasn’t always been easy to manage and grow a small business while in school and being a mom but I’ve learned to prioritize my time and set limits on how much work I take on. I’ve gone through periods of overworking myself , I’ve battled managing being a fully present mom and wife while also being a fully present business owner, I’ve worked through growing pains, the COVID pandemic and countless other small obstacles. In the end I’ve overcome these challenges by remaining consistent and faithful. I tend to always focus on the blessings I have which in turn helps me work through the difficult times. I always try to remember that nothing worth having comes easily and that everything will work out in the end if I do my part and continue to work hard. Through these past years as a business owner the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to take time for myself. To pause, refresh, reflect, and recharge so that I can give my best self to those I serve.

I’d love for the world to know that my brand stemmed from hard work and perseverance. I’d like for other moms to know that you can balance managing a business while still being fully present for your children, and I want my clients to know that their support means the world to our family. I am so grateful for the clients who take the time to send me periodic sweet “just because” messages, for the reviews clients leave, for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to make your events just a little sweeter with unique cookies!

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.
My favorite spots in DFW include: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas Arboretum (especially during the fall and winter months)
Teddy bear Park
Klyde Warren Park
White Rock Lake
The Farmers Market
The Latino Cultural Center (LCC)
The Drive-In (Ennis TX.)
The Fort Worth Zoo

The Perot is full of fun activities for all ages we enjoy visiting frequently and its super family friendly, the Aquarium is beautiful and the Arboretum creates magical pumpkin patch displays every year! We love taking walks at Teddy Bear Park as well as many other parks around the city like Klyde warren where there is always something fun going on and it makes a great place for a picnic! The lake is beautiful year round and makes for a fun and scenic bike ride. The farmers market is always full of unique vendors and food, we like to go and enjoy meeting new creatives and trying out new foods. The LCC hosts various culturally relevant events throughout the year that are always informative and fun!

I’d have to say that as far as good food goes we love el Si Hay Tacos, Lovers Pizza, White Rock Coffee, and lots of other local places but my husband mostly cooks so we have our own in house chef lol . The Drive-in in Ennis is our favorite place we also love the Fort Worth Zoo! That place is so well thought out and has lots of hidden picnic areas! I’d also recommend a night time carriage ride through downtown because why not add some “magic” to your trip. I’m sure there are many other places I’m forgetting to list but I think all of the above would definitely be in my top local destinations.

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?
I firmly believe that I would not have the success that I have had without the support of my family. While my business is 90% managed by me the remaining 10% is the glue that holds it all together and keeps things flowing. People may not realize the amount of work and time that goes into just the prep work when baking. Measuring hundreds of pounds of sugar, flour, butter, etc. a week. Making endless amounts of bows, printing and cutting tags or cookie cards, building boxes, making dough, making transfers, mixing icing colors, washing and preparing cutters etc.

At one time or another my mom, my sister, my husband , and even my 3 and 5 year olds have helped me cut ribbon, measure ingredients, make bows, manage my planner, prepare for pop-ups or even just sat and gave me emotional support by motivating me through a large cookie order or keeping my children busy while I work. These small tasks are what make a difference when you have dozens of custom cookies to bake each week. When I overwork myself I always have them to remind me to rest and prioritize self-care. When I feel like my mom/ work-life balance is a bit rough I can always count on my family to help me through and keep my little ones happy.

My mom taught me from a young age to go after what makes me happy. To work hard for what I want to achieve and to prioritize what matters. She is always looking for ways to help me, she has always been my business mentor and my guiding light in everything I do. My little sister is my peace, she always brings a sense of relaxation to my day and reminds me to just put on a great play list and relax. She organizes my desk work area and makes the administrative end of my business run a little more smoothly. My husband works outside of the home and still comes home to make batches of dough, prep ingredients and makes sure to prepare our kids dinner into cute shapes(because I’m that mom lol) so that I can keep things moving and not feel like I’m taking fun away from them. Additionally, he helps me decorate and is always supportive of me in every aspect of my business. I am very blessed to have the support system that I do!

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