We had the good fortune of connecting with Larissa Wilaon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Larissa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It was actually a labor of love for my daughter Hannah. When she was five she told me she wanted to start a bakery for people her with food allergies. She’s now 12 and a big help around the bakery!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Hannah’s gluten free bakery was born from a passion and a call to bring great tasting gluten and nut free goodies to the world! We cater to many different allergens too! What sets us apart besides all of our delicious treats is our love for people! Thus out motto, “Love first. Bake second.” It wasn’t easy at all but we did have strangers and folks who came from no where to help us along the way. Being a high school drop out, I didn’t know allot about how to run a successful business. Thankfully I have a real passion for learning and reading so I read so many books on how to be successful. I overcome challenges by not being afraid to ask for help! I want everyone to know first off that we’re people too. We’re just people who love to make really awesome gluten and nut free goodies. Next I want them to know that we love them and we appreciate them for allowing us to serve them!
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?
Honestly…I suck at finding things to do in Dallas. I’m originally from Minnesota and since moving here my life has changed so much. I’m more into reading, gardening, and cooking meals with my family…but occassionally…I’ve been known to drop it like it’s hot LOL! That doesn’t happen much these days.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First I have to thank my family! My Husband Antonio, my daughter Hannah, and my son Antonio Jr. Without them, NONE and I do mean NONE of this would be possible. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is a must read for anyone looking for ways to recognize and overcome resistance. Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy is another life changer for me! It taught me to see and address the darkness in my own heart so that I could learn to be a better servant to my community. The Holy Bible. This one is a given! I love and have learned so many things from this book!