Come next Saturday, LaKisha Stephens Jackson of South Boston’s newest business KJ’s Cake Creations hopes customers at her grand opening will see a stark contrast to the empty display cases today.
Jackson was one of six businesses to receive a grant as part of the SoBo Start-up! Program earlier this year and has been renovating what once was a hair salon at 300 Main Street since.
“I am so excited and grateful to Destination Downtown South Boston for the start up grant and to be able to branch out. These news businesses are really starting to build up the downtown area, and that’s a plus,” said Jackson.
She joins other new South Boston business owners such as Brittany Adamson of Joe and a Bow and Candace Baskervill of Sweet Cee’s, who she said have been a great help to her as well.
Even though the recent entrepreneur is just now establishing her brick and mortar store, she’s been making a name for herself selling cakes and other baked goods from her home for the past seven years.
Her family had taught her basics of cooking, and her aunt had taught her some basics of cake decorating. Then in 2009 she took a cake decorating class.
KJ’s Cake Creations will offer homemade cupcakes with over 14 flavors, with more flavors to come in the future, special orders, birthday cakes, wedding cakes and more.
Cupcakes can be bought individual or by the dozen including lemon, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, honeybun, red velvet, pineapple, coconut, keylime, german choclate and chocolate lovers dream.
“Customers can ask me to create something or send me a photo of a cake, and usually I can make it for them. I think the creativity of my costumers having an idea and me being able to bring it to life is what will set me apart from other businesses,” said Jackson.
In the future, she also hopes to serve cake by the slice, cookies, brownies and other desserts.
When customers walk in her store, she plans to greet them with a “friendly, home base” atmosphere so that they feel welcome, and she hopes the aroma from baking will entice them to try her creations.
Dessert lovers will get their first chance to try her desserts at her grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 to 4 p.m.
A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m.
Can’t make it to her grand opening? Stop by the business Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. after her grand opening.
Jackson also is looking to hire a part-time experienced cake decorator.
For more information, call Jackson at 434-471-0846 or visit KJ’s Cake Creation Facebook page.