Sophia SoSo Harris-Starnes is charming, peaceful, loving, easy-going nature, a pleasure seeker and appreciate the beauty in others and in life, I saw one of her scrumptious cakes on Facebook one day and thought I need her on Women On The Rise especially after reading how this gift of designing and baking beautiful and delicious cakes along with other baked treats.
Utilizing both teachings and recipes from our grandmother and classical culinary education Sophia is able to deliver products that please her clients. Successfully Planning Events for over 10 years. Sophia says,"We are able to deliver such success because of the training that we received from our mother who is also a professional Event Planner. We bake every good and plan each event with the client in mind. There is a touch of love in each cake and strategic, individualized planning for each event."
A Cake Designing Boutique
What kind pf business do you own?
I own an Event Planning & On-line Cake Designing Boutique.
How did you get into making cakes?
I have always had a connection to baking & cooking since I was 10 or 12. My Grandmother Mary & Eslie Gooden always had me in the kitchen helping out, but I never knew this would become a passion for me. Cake Designing is a form of Art for me and helps me to create or recreate ideas for my clients. I am Art Teacher for HomeSchoolers which allows me to be creative.
How many parties do you host a month?
I do in between 2-3 parties or vendor events for intimate gatherings a month. I like to keep them small it gives you a chance to present ideas and the client can relax with their quest.
Are you also an evnt planner, explain?
Yes, I am an Event Planner.
Are your cakes affordable?
Yes, They are priced at a minimum verses othe cake shops. Prices depend on the detail of work, size, and other elements that may go into designing the cake. I will scketch a design , find pictues, of get ideas from the client to complete their order.
Who motivates you to have your own business?
My mother, family and knowing God gave me a talent to place a smile on someones face. It also allows me to spend time with faimly while sharing our artist experience. I come from a long line of entrepreneurals.
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by having a gift to crete and make my clients happy and getting others to trust that I will make their ideas shine throw my design. As an artist you must be able to see someone else’s ideas and recreate in your own mind with a bit of you added.
What are the best moments of having a cake and event planning business?
My best moments are completing each design or event and having a happy customer.
What are the hard moments?
My hardest monments is getting a client to understand designing a cake is art and it takes patience and love so I need ample amount of time to create. There are those last mintue customers that you somethimes have to turn away. I’m starting to learn not all money Is good money. You must be able to work under a stree free envirnoment in order to produce beatuy.
Where are you from?
Atlanta, Georgia born and raised wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else. Lol
What was your title before you had your own business?
I was a Special Needs Teacher and Behavioral Specialist before I decided it was time to full fill my dreams as a business owner.
Does your family support you and your business?
Yes, my family supports me. My sister is my Business Manager and Website Develoer. She is also our menu planner for events Master Chef And Baker. My daughter is the Cupcake Diva and assistant designer. My husband is the BBQ & Southern Cusinie specialist. We work together to make it “All About You!”
See more of Sophia's creations on Facebook.
Hear more about Sophia's Interview on the "Women On The Rise Program"