We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Ellison and Al’Shavet Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia & Al’Shavet, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
We are inspired by love. Love is the base line of everything of this world and is the basis of everything that we do. We’ve seen how love can completely transform lives and in certain aspects heal them. We watch love happen at every market. There’s love in groups of friends, families, for self, for their kids, even fur babies. We get to share moments with people loving our desserts sometimes to the point of tears. We will never forget the moment we shared with a woman who tried one of our lemon cake and shed a tears because it instantly made her think of love she had for her grandmother who is no longer here. So when we think about love we get inspired to operate the way it does: unbiased, limitless, and abundant.
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?
What sets us apart from the rest is the willingness to allow ourselves to freely be great. We don’t limit ourselves in what we do and we are consistently coming up with new ideas. We have no professional training, everything we’ve learned so far has been self taught. So we don’t have the “restrictions” of doing everything one certain way. We got here by constantly learning and growing and creating. Trial and error. Not being afraid of failure and truly celebrating the successes however small or large! When we think about overcoming challenges we think about changing our mindset. Problems are subjective and if you treat them like there’s always a solution there always is. With that mindset we’ve been able to run our bakery with ease because we know at the end of the day we can fix it. And if we can’t fix it, we accept it and move on. Patience has been a true lesson and allowing your purpose to guide you. We want the world to know that The Mojo came out of a very dark place. It was the light at the end of the tunnel. An idea that was filled with so much hope for the future that it willed itself into existence. It came from all of the hard days, the tears, the challenges, the trauma of life and became something filled with love and light. We uplift people, and we want everyone to succeed. We want everyone to feel a true sense of freedom and walking in purpose.
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.
So if we were to describe our perfect day it would include coffee, shopping, day drinking, art, dancing, good food, good vibes! We’d swing by the Aussie Grind for coffee then go to a local market shop! Pop in on The Boho Market or the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and spend some money on some dope local artists and boutiques!
After that we’d hit up Daqs All Folks or the Daiquiri Shoppe and get a little something! Then for the best fried catfish in Dallas (feel free to argue but we have facts) if the line isn’t long we’d go to Aunt Irenes if it is then we’re headed to Ronnies in South Dallas. Then we’d do a little dancing at Sue Ellen’s and S4 pre-COVID (at the crib post-COVID).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To answer this question is a tough one. Although we’ve had outside help and forces pushing us it’s always been us at the end of the day! We are consistently rooting for the other. We are our biggest fans, our biggest support, and our biggest promoters. We’ve poured so much of ourselves into each other and we truly wouldn’t be here without the other.
We also want to give credit to the Boho Market and family, also to our amazing customers who are constantly supporting us and following us wherever we pop-up!
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