Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Lockhart.
Hi Jessica, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I used to love baking with my grandma when I was little and from then on always loved baking. When my grandma passed away, my parents asked if there was anything of hers I wanted, I asked for her mixer, thinking it was still going to be that old-school glass bowl with 2 beaters. To my surprise, it was a KitchenAide! When Covid hit back in 2020 I left my job in Physical Therapy in order to keep my family safe and healthy. Thinking it was only going to be a few weeks, five months later I needed to find something for me so I started making cakes. I would give them to my neighbors and finally, they said they loved my cakes but I should try selling them. I took the class at CSU Denver to get my cottage food license in order to so just that.
I have met so many amazing moms, dads, families and grandparents from cakes it been so much fun and truly amazing! I believe it is because of my Grandma’s mixer I am where I am at today!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t always been a smooth ride, since I’m the only one doing everything plus a mom and wife it’s been hard to distribute my time and say no to my job at times. It was also challenging figuring out pricing as I’ve always wanted to keep my prices friendly for all families but also not get underpaid for all my hard work.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I never thought I was a very artistic person until I started cakes. I love getting creative and trying new ideas and techniques. I’m most proud of the cakes I take on and I’m thinking oh my gosh I don’t know if I can do that, but then it turns out absolutely amazing!
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I’d love to have my own professional kitchen space and move out of my home kitchen!
- My pricing starts at $35
- Average cost $85
Kim Wnuk Morgan with KW Designs Photography took the headshot.