We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I was growing up I always knew I wanted to become a pastry chef! After going to culinary school and and working in the industry, I decided that I wanted to try working for myself and becoming a business owner! I wanted to put my own stamp and creativity on this large but small community.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I first started my business, I was 21 and felt way over my head financially and emotionally because I was still working a full-time job! There was a lot of trial and error due to the fact that I had no clue what I was doing. Then the late nights when you know you could just be sleeping, but you know you have a huge wedding cake or birthday order due the next morning, so you just push through, and when I see the look on my customer’s faces, it makes it all worth it! My goal that I want people feel from my business is that we are a place that will communicate and work very hard for them! We want our love of baking and decorating desserts to show people how much we care about their special day and life moments just in dessert form!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
So one of my favorite places to good downtown Gilbert! We driving down the road it reminds me of Route 66 with all the neon lights! My favorite coffee place is Bergies that is downtown and I live wine and bruschetta so my favorite restaurant for that is Postinos! For breakfast I would take them to liberty market for amazing biscuits and gravy. Outdoor activities that I love to do is to drive up to Tortilla Flats, Canton Lake and the Superstition Mountains!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So for me my biggest recognition would have to go to the women in my family before me! Specifically, my mom Alison, and grandmothers Sherry and Penny. I was raised by a single mom that has had to battle through so much in life with have me at a young age, putting herself though college, battling breast cancer 3 times and still to this day is the strongest women I know. Then there is my grandma’s, I learned my love of baking for my grandma Sherry, since I could remember she would have me sitting in the counter making breads and cookies with her and she started that spark to help me decide my future. My grandma penny has always been a boss in business and a lot of my business women aspects I learned from her and she continues to help me to this day! I do need to also recognize my grandpa Kevin and Step Dad Curtis for their constant love and encouragement all of these years as well.
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