We had the good fortune of connecting with Nishal Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nishal, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Since starting this dream business a year ago, my husband Mathew and I view balance a bit differently than most. Family will always come first for both of us and everything falls into place after we give our daughters the balance they need to thrive. It’s especially true when things get a little busy but I have been blessed to be surrounded by family who step up to ease the pressures of running a new business.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Sucrer Patisserie has brought me a lot of joy and a few frustrations as I work through the details of running a new business. It has been a year of self-discovery alongside this creative endeavor and I am so very grateful to have this opportunity to explore what beautiful dessert is to me.
Starting a cottage based business during a pandemic has definitely brought its challenges but I’m grateful for clients that have spread the word about my business. As a self-described introvert, the biggest challenge has been to advertise myself and work but my mindset toward sharing my work with others is evolving into confidence and pride! Going to markets to sell has especially helped with that as it forces me to be in the moment and push myself out of my comfort zone.
Every order that has left my kitchen has given me a sense of fulfillment working with the client to create French macarons that match their event theme and bring their vision to life. It makes me strive harder and provides me with the inspiration to be a better baker!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I definitely fall in the category of live to eat so when our friends visit, there’s never a moment when our stomachs are empty. Definitely got to have BBQ and Tex Mex
Starting off with brunch at Yolk or Oddfellows for some awesome eggs benedict followed by a visit to Klyde Warren/ DMA and Nasher Sculpture garden. Then it would be off to Fort worth for some amazing BBQ at Coopers and then to see the longhorns at the Stockyards
Off to Deep Ellum to walk around, check out the murals, catch some entertainment and dinner at one of the multiple choices in Deep Ellum.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are definitely quite a few people in my life who deserve a mention. My husband Mathew for being my sounding board especially when I get one of my crazy ideas. My sisters and parents for constantly encouraging me with following my dreams and my mother in law for helping me with my daughters. Truly, this business wouldn’t be without all of these people constantly having my back.