Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Bridge.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m the owner, baker, and artist of Southern Solaces. Baking and painting have long been passions of mine. My love for baking and art began in toddlerhood. Whether it was making homemade bread and pies with my mom and grandmother or making my own paper dolls, I was happiest in the kitchen or creating art. Fast forward thirty-ish years and this Louisiana native has settled in Fort Worth, Texas. After having our daughter and leaving my job as a child life specialist in the NICU I found myself yearning for a creative outlet. A farmer’s market 1st birthday celebration and an idea led me to this business. Southern Solaces embodies what I love – baking, painting, and creativity.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Honestly, it’s been quite smooth. The community has been very supportive. More importantly my husband and family have been vital support. I occasionally doubt that “I’m good enough“, but my support system continues to encourage me.
Southern Solaces – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I operate as a cottage food bakery out of my home in Fort Worth, TX. I customize in homemade, hand-painted, sugar cookies. They’re totally customizable: colors, shapes, designs. Having hand-painted cookies sets me apart from other iced decorated cookiers.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I don’t know that I have a specific proudest moment.
- $36 per dozen custom hand painted cookies
- Website: https://southernsolaces.wixsite.com/southernsolaces
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @southernsolaces
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/southernsolaces/
Personal photo by Whitney Bennett Dyer