Young Entrepreneurs Series-Take 1

Co-owners of Southern Girl Desserts. Catarah is on the left.

Fellow Southern Girl Catarah Hampshire is co-owner of Southern Girl Desserts, a woman and minority owned bakery based in Los Angeles, CA.   Southern Girl Desserts has been in business since July of 2007.  “We’re a southern inspired dessert company, specializing in cupcakes, cakes, cookies, cake pops and puddin’ + thangs. A bulk of our business is catering and shipping; however we hope to open our store front in the near future so that our customers can stop by for a cupcake and some coffee! “, according to Catarah.  You may have seen Southern Girl Desserts on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” and HGTV’s “Antonio Treatment”.  In the Los Angeles area, their sweet potato pie and red velvet cupcakes were named “Best in the City” for two consecutive years.  Most recently, they travelled to Tallahassee, FL and served as an official dessert vendor during homecoming at Florida A&M University, our beloved alma mater.   If you’re in the Southern California Region, you may soon see Southern Girl Desserts on the shelves in your local Costco store, and they will be participating in the Road Show Program.  Catarah stated, “This opportunity will allow us to introduce our desserts to the Costco brand and hopefully expand as a distributor. We’re also looking to expand to a few other southern cities in the next one to two years. So look out!”  The most requested flavor is Red Velvet (my personal favorite).  Other unique and popular flavors include Hennessey and Coke, Peach Cobbler, Pecan Pie, and Sweet Potato Pie.  In 5-10 years, Catarah sees herself “hoping to have settled down with a family and maybe move back to the south. It’s also my goal to be financially capable of giving back to FAMU and starting a foundation. As the business grows, our dreams and aspirations are endless; however within the next 5 to 10 years we hope to be a household name, a thriving franchise throughout the country, and a large influence in helping small businesses like ourselves get on their feet and boost our economy!”  If you want to sample some of these Southern treats, but don’t live in the Los Angeles area, you can by visiting the website (www.southerngirldesserts.com), taking a look at all of the desserts, then giving a call to the message line at 310-686-8916 or emailing orders@southerngirldesserts.com, and they’ll be happy to arrange a shipment specific to your budget and needs. At this time they’re able to ship specific products including cake pops, cupcakes in a jar, cake loaves, cookies and pecan pralines.  At this time, they do not ship cupcakes or frosted cakes.

If you’re like me, you have a sweet tooth, and it looks like Southern Girl Desserts has a plethora of choices from which to choose!  Please share with friends and family not just in the LA area, but all over the country.  I’m sure they won’t be disappointed!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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It’s Black History Month!

If you know me personally, you know I’m a big buff of Black history and knowing the contributions that people of African descent made to the entire world.  Each day this month, I’ll highlight a little known (or maybe a well-known) Black history fact. 

This month, I’ve decided to do a series highlighting young African-American business owners and rising starts.  Some include a baker, a rising music mogul, a photographer, and a few magazine founders. 

For today’s Black History Month fact, see below:

“Allensworth is the only California community to be founded, financed and governed by African-Americans. Created by Allen Allensworth in 1908, the town was built with the intention of establishing a self-sufficient, all-black city where African-Americans could live their lives free of racial discrimination.”

Source: http://www.biography.com/blackhistory/history/366-facts-little-known.jsp

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city! Oh, and feel free to share your own Black history facts throughout the month as well!

What I’m Up To

This is almost indicative of how I feel...

Happy Monday!   I got lots o’ stuff going on, so today’s post will be brief…I hope!  As you all are my friends, I’ll share a little bit.  Plus, it’ll give you some insight into what you can expect to read here next month.

– Articles!  Not just on this site, but with 2 (yes, TWO!) magazines!  I’m very excited about these opportunities.  I have an article in “Fearless” magazine and a few articles in “Mood” magazine.  So, yeah, I’m a busy little writing bee! 🙂

– Blog series.  As February is Black History Month, I wanted to highlight young, minority business owners.  So, this month, you can expect to see at least one business owner highlighted each week, so be on the look out and be prepared to show your support!

– Dating. Yeah, so I went to my 2nd speed dating event last night (one time for getting it for free. Shhhh!! Don’t tell anyone!).  I went to Zen Wine Bar in Arlington.  I’ll definitely go back.  But I had a great time and met some cool guys.  Hopefully I got at least one match!  And, thanks to my girl Ms. Rasberry, who is well aware of my quest to be a serial dater in 2011, told me about City Stream featuring various singles in the DC area.  (Here’s the link; you get one guess to which one is me.)  Yeah, my answers are kinda whack, but if you know any guys who are looking for a great gal, send them my way!

– Work. Yes, I do have a job, 2 actually.  Well, 3 if you count Benevole.  But in any event, you can bet your bottom dollar that there is no rest for the weary! But that’s ok, because I know ALL of this work will pay off in the long run.

– Reading.  Yep, big book worm, and the next selection my book club is reading will be Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America.  I read the synopsis, and it looks like this will be interesting reading.  We don’t meet until March, but I’m sure I’ll do a book review before then. 

That’s a lot going on, and I’m tired from just typing it!  Feel free to share what you guys are up to!  I definitely am interested in what’s going on with you (and maybe I’m a little nosey)!!!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!