Meet Mrs. Shontel Kealoha. Founder of Pop Starz ATL, a home based business that specializes in creating flavor magic with her delicious assortment of home made, handcrafted cake pops and other tasty desserts such as chocolate covered strawberries, candy coated Oreos and caramel covered pretzel sticks, just to name a few.
Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @PopStarzATL. The pictures alone will make your mouth water!
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, raised in the Bay Area, a graduate of Hayward High School in Hayward, California; Shontel moved to Atlanta in 2007. Her obsession for cake pops began in 2012, however it wasn’t until 2016 that she really knew this was something she wanted to do full time.
I was able to visit Shontel at her home to do an interview. She greeted me with a fresh fruit plate, yummy cocktails and an assortment of cake pops. YUM!
I would say she definitely made me feel at home and as you will see in the video, after a few drinks, I got real comfortable! That pomegranate cocktail she made was SO good.
During the interview as we laugh and I eat, you will get to know fun loving, high spirited Shontel as I know her. She will give you insight as to what it is like transistioning from the normal 9 – 5, customer service based, sit inside a cubicle type job to running her own cake pop business. Learn how she got started and how her faith, passion and love for her craft keeps her going.
I got the chance to sit down with my good friend Lila Owens, Founder of CUPCAKIN Bake Shop in Berkeley, California. I wanted you all to get to know the lady behind those delicious cupcakes you see floating around Instagram and Facebook with all the amazing reviews. Always chill, with a smile on her face she agreed to do this sit down with me. Little did she know this was not just a “hey girl” interview on my I-Phone. I came prepared. I had to show her “ Go Hard or Go Home!”. When I say I’m about to do something, I’m going to DO IT with no half stepping. So I had my new camera (that got all the reviews on You-Tube), a tri-pod, my lavalier microphones (that’s right, lavalier), and lights! I’m a vlogger now ya’ll! LOL
Ive known Lila since High School. 2 girly tomboys made a connection one day and the rest is history. As long as Ive known this girl she has been driven with an entreprenuerial spirit that I have no doubt was instilled in her by her Real Estate Broker mom, Big V. Commonly known as Mrs. Varnell Owens. Varnell is another story that one day we will get a chance to explore but lets talk about LILA, aka Lila Mae.Lila was born and raised in Oakland, Ca. 1 of 4 siblings, she graduated from Skyline High School and went on to graduate with a bachelors degree from Howard University and a masters from San Francisco State University. Following the footsteps of her mother, Lila became a successful real estate agent, now broker. Still closing deals around the Bay Area to this day. She even owned a hair salon for a few years. Ran it like a boss too without a lick of experience as a hair stylist. In 2013 she opened CUPCAKIN.
CUPCAKIN bakeshop is a quaint little shop situated right around the corner from UC Berkeley. The cupcakes are awesome! They are SO GOOD. Always Moist, not too sweet and not overloaded with frosting. I’m still amazed at how she does it. My old school homie who went from lip gloss to lip stick, headbands and hoodies to high heels and Louis Vuitton. Although many questioned her dreams of becoming the cupcake lady; in true Lila fashion, she strategically, meticulously, executed her plan. She got all of her ducks in a row, made it happen and here she is today.
Making sweet power moves.
With 2 new locations in the works, and many more to come, Cupcakin Bakeshop is located at 2435 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707. The bakeshop is open 7 days a week with a variety of flavors to choose from including Vegan and Gluten free. The cupcakes are baked from scratch daily using quality, local and fresh ingredients. Mini cupcakes are also available by the dozen. Catering and delivery service is available too. For more information please check out the website at http://Www.cupcakinbakeshop.com
I’m starting a blog y’all! (You know I’m always doing something lol) I hope you guys like it! I have wanted to do this for years. It has played over and over in the back of my head so now here it goes! This blog will showcase all of my interests in one place. Hair, Fashion, Shoes, Beauty and also Female Entrepreneurship. I want to give tips, tricks and advice on all of the things I love as well as showcase an inspiring female entrepreneur in an attempt to boost their business and give a little insight into the lives of these beautiful, savvy, business women themselves.. Please subscribe and stay tuned. This should be interesting!!