We had the good fortune of connecting with Ishia Hodges and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ishia, what’s your definition for success?
I define success by the willingness to know that everything that happens within your business will not be perfect. You’ll make mistakes and most likely lose more than you gain. I’ve learned in order to be successful you have to have passion and live without the fear of failing. You have to learn to celebrate the smallest accomplishments in you business. Success is learning that you are in control of your own destiny.
What should our readers know about your business?
The thing that set my apart from others is that all my cheesecakes are made fresh, from the heart and are a guarantee to be moist and mouth watering. I’m excited that I can continue to make new flavors and the favorites that my customers love. I’ve gotten to where I am business wise solely based upon my customers referring my business to others, pop up shops and plenty of advertising. It’s hasn’t been easy with a small business. There are definitely days when I question if there’s more I can do. As a business owner I’m always thinking of my next move. I’ve learned along the way that it’s best to network and meet new people that you feel will provide structure and advise to help you learn to grow. Twisted Cheesecakes has a lot amazing things ahead of us and I can’t wait for everyone to join us on the journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting I’d take them to the Bishop Arts District and Deep Ellum. Both areas are filled with different sites to see and amazing places to eat. I’d recommend Brunchalics, Shells & Tails and Vegan Vibrationz for black owned businesses. Restaurants such as Pangea, Eno’s Pizza, Vidorra Dallas, Pecan Lodge, XOXO Dining Room and Stirr if you’d like an atmosphere where you can sit and enjoy a nice meal. For day parties I’d suggest Dibs, DEC on Dragon, and Bitter End. For nightclubs Opera, Townhouse, Level, and SNS.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are quite a few people that deserve a recognition for their help with myself on this business journey. I’d like to thank my husband, Courtney Hodges, for being supportive along the way. My mother, Donna, for being there to lend a hand when things got a little complicated for me. I’d like to especially thank Stacie Cooper for providing a helping hand and teaching me the in and outs of starting up my business. She encouraged me to keep going on those days when I wanted to give up the most. I’d especially like to thank my family and friends that always supported from the beginning. Those that posted, shared and sent new customers my way.