La Trecia Moore
Question: Walk us through your journey to success. How did you get to this point?
TRECI: I absolutely love what I do and that’s because my work with Eat Moore Cakes, the designer dessert studio that I founded in 2008 professionally, fulfills me in so many ways an enables me to be as creative as I like. But I didn’t always feel like this.
I love art. I got that from my parents. I love cake. And I love chemistry. Ten years ago those passions were unconnected within me.
I’ve worked in the business equipment and financial industry for eighteen years. And while it is an exciting place to be I couldn’t see a clear path to personal achievement and success. This is such an overused phrase but it’s so true for me. I’ve got vision. Or maybe I should say I have visions. I see all kinds of beautiful designs in my mind. Some are traditional and some are kitschy. And I’ve got some incredibly delicious cake recipes in my head, many handed down from my great-grandmother. My hands just itched to put the two together creatively. There isn’t too much call for designer custom cake making in a business equipment corporation, so I blazed my own trail in order to bring my creations to life for people’s special occasions and make memories for a lifetime.
I never like to say that I can’t do anything. So when I thought about starting my own business I didn’t hesitate. I went full speed ahead and have never looked back.
Since I needed to keep my day job I started Eat Moore Cakes out of a rented commercial kitchen. In the early days it was just me filling orders after work, weekends, and late into the night. I developed my business by word of mouth doing all kinds of crazy things to get the word out about Eat Moore Cakes. Lots of people in town had eaten my cakes, but I used to drop by local festivals and Jump Zones dressed like cartoon characters. I’d have my logo on the back of my costume and hand out information. Mickey Mouse was a particular favorite with the kids.
But I’ve had a storefront facility to house my bakery, and my staff for 4 years now and I love it and growing every year.
Question: What do you do to stay on top of your game professionally?
Moore: I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and trendy dishes, so I watch the Food Network, new decorating techniques, professional conferences, and eye on the best in my industry. Then I go into chemist mode and experiment until I get my ideas to my liking from my head into reality.
I also take classes, and earn certifications like the one for nutrition that I just picked up.
Question What's in the future for Eat Moore Cakes?
Treci: To offer more fun classes to teach women how easy it is make delicious food. I started having fun with the idea, like, “it’s so easy you can cook in stilettos and still look sexy while you’re cooking.” And from there I got the idea to teach a class called “Cooking in Red Stilettos.” And so far five classess to date.
I see Eat Moore Cakes growing into a full service and unique event-planning and banquet facility including themed rental spaces, a school for young artistic bakers, pastries from around the world, and my state-of-the-art Eat Moore Cakes kitchen where visitors can watch me design. Like I said, I’ve got vision!
Since I’m the boss I can make my visions happen. No one can tell me we don’t have the budget, or it doesn’t fit our business model.
Most of all, though, being a boss means I get to select the wonderful people who I work with. It’s a joy to work with people, like my employees, who are dedicated, competent, and fun-loving. I get to share the love back with them, too, by acknowleging a job well done, being available to answer their questions, and setting a loving tone for our organization. I lead by example and I’m always open to their ideas.
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Lockport, IL 60441
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