Today we’d like to introduce you to Staci Glover.
Staci, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
It all started with my son, almost 14 years ago. I remember looking for his first birthday cake and finally thinking to myself, I can do this. It began with him and then continued with all of my kids. I started doing cakes for friends and family and then it just branched out from there. My Great Grandma was a wedding cake designer and passed that passion down to my Grandma and Great Uncles. I guess you can say it was meant to be!
My first wedding cake ever was back in 2015 and I’ve come a long way since then. I have stepped out of my comfort zone so many times. I believe that because of that, it’s allowed me to grow and become the baker/designer I am today. I still step outside of that little box of mine and I am still learning new things. I think it’s important to push yourself no matter what your profession or passion may be. You should never stop striving to be your absolute best.
I feel that if you work hard and you love what you do, it’ll show through in your product no matter what it is. I love people and genuinely care for those I work with. It makes me happy to see them happy and I want everyone to succeed! I have a large network of “friendors” and we push and promote each other all the time. It has allowed not only myself but them as well, to get to where we are today.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Oh my goodness no. I wish I could say it was but that’s how you grow right? You make a mistake, learn from it, move forward and not make that mistake again. The list of struggles is long and rocky and there’s just not enough space to write about all of them, unfortunately.
I think that everyone has obstacles that they have to overcome but it’s what they choose on the other side of that rocky mountain that counts.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a wedding cake baker/designer. I also specialize in groom’s cake and dessert tables. I feel like there are not a lot of wedding cake designers out there who also have dessert tables as an option. I’ve tried to become a “one-stop-shop” for all things sweet for my couples and I think that sets me apart from a lot of other talented bakers in the industry.
I am super OCD about my cakes and desserts and I think that shows in what I am given the ability to create. I try to create a relationship with my clients because I think it’s important you have that connection with them. You’re going to be a part of something incredibly special and you’re also a part of a memory that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
That’s a huge thing in my mind! I feel like there are some professionals out there who just look at a client like a paycheck and to me, it’s so much more than that.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
My worth and how to say no. I was always afraid to charge what I was told would be fair and always hated saying no. I am such a people pleaser that it would really bother me to feel like I was letting someone down.
It was tough the first time I raised my prices mainly because I was afraid to hear those dreaded words “you’re out of my budget”, “you charge too much”, or the infamous “I’m just going to go to Publix”. It used to REALLY bother me but now I’ve realized that I’m not for everyone and that’s ok.
I just hope those people are able to find someone that fits what they’re looking for and are happy with how everything turns out. A friend of mine once told me that “Good work ain’t cheap and cheap work ain’t good.”
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