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Meet Ebony Shackelford of A Taste of Ebony

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ebony Shackelford.

Hi Ebony, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started my dessert business after discovering a passion for cooking and baking! I would say that baking and designing desserts are my creative outlet. I loved working with different themes, colors, designs, and products while pregnant with my daughter 2 years ago. I started having a major sweet tooth. I would find myself coming up with recipes and making these fancy desserts. From there on, it’s pretty much been an obsession of mine. So I said, why not make it a business. Something I enjoy doing, but also something that I truly feel can bring real joy to others also.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a smooth road?
Starting A Taste of Ebony has had some challenges, but none I haven’t been able to overcome. I have a full-time job in the corporate world, but my number one full-time job is being a mother. That job doesn’t stop, no matter if I have 5 orders or 20 orders. The organization has been a huge help in my success. I plan everything. I have to ensure that I have my work schedule, soccer games, family time, date nights, etc. You name it! It has to be in my planner or on my calendar for me to stay organized. I would also like to mention that my daughter Emilia is my driving force. She pushes me to stay committed and to strive for success in everything I do. I want her to look up to her mom, be proud, and know that she can be a successful woman in today’s world.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about A Taste of Ebony?
I specialize in handcrafted custom treats. I am mostly known for taking an idea that you may have and bringing it to life. I also offer bundles ranging 4-7 dozen. What sets me apart from other bakers is my designing process and the many menu items I offer. I can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth and even the fur babies! I offer vegan, gluten, and sugar-free items as well. One of the main reasons I decided to offer vegan and gluten-free options was my health issues. Due to my severe dairy allergy, I had to go vegan for a while. I found that most stores don’t carry many options for vegans, so I started creating my things in my kitchen! It was important for me to be able to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. I wanted to recognize everyone’s beliefs and diets. Let’s not forget you can also share a treat with your furry friends! The menu item I have recently added is cakes. I can do numbers, letters, sheet cakes, etc.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I am located in Belle Plaine, MN. I love the small town feel and environment. Everyone is always so friendly and so personable. I wouldn’t say I dislike this, but the distance from the inner city if I had to choose something. That can shy people away from ordering, but I also remind them I offer delivery services.

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Red Velvet Cake Donute Marble Cake Pop Picture of Owner Picture of my helper

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