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Rising Stars: Meet Ivelisse Davila

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivelisse Davila.  

Hi Ivelisse, I am so excited to have you on the platform. 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. 
Hello! First, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for this opportunity. My journey began when I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Ultimately, I began a career in Elementary Education, but I wanted to do more. As a result, I completed a Pastry Certification with Hotelera of San Juan School. I partnered with various artisans and attended different events and venues, using the knowledge I gained to produce quality pastries. Around ten years ago, I moved to Florida and began an independent business called “Lolita’s Factory;” and despite unforeseen circumstances and multiple occupations, this business always had a special place in my heart. After I had my daughter, Adelys, and received the devastating news that her ability to verbally communicate would be interrupted due to a genetic abnormality, I started investing more of my time into baking as a form of therapy. In time, I discovered that my daughter enjoys baking with me, and now she is my little assistant!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road? 
It had been difficult being a mom, a teacher, and a small business owner. Fortunately, I have the support of my family and my husband to keep me grounded and motivated. One challenge that has certainly made being a small business owner difficult has been the increase in prices of all the ingredients. Another challenge has been my work as a teacher. Due to the nature of teaching, I need to be prepared and ready for my students with engaging activities and rigorous coursework to keep them motivated and engaged. Most of the time, I bake during the night when everyone is asleep.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
One item that should be known about my work is that I am motivated by my daughter. She inspires me to strive for excellence and continue pushing forward, regardless of challenge or trouble. Seeing her own journey of struggle against her diagnosis and working hard to develop her ability to speak reminds me to continue pursuing excellence. Ultimately, my desire is for her to continue to work in this business, and so, I am teaching her valuable skills like recognizing responsibility and being flexible to change to help her in this venture.

The pastries that I create are based off treats of the Hispanic culture. ‘Quesitos,’ ‘pastelillos de guayaba,’ ‘mantecaditos,’ and ‘polvorones’, ‘tornillitos’, ‘flan’ and cupcakes are among some of these pastries. Most importantly, what I prioritize about my work, regardless of the treat, is its quality and its presentation. Pastries will always be freshly produced and presented in neat and cute packaging. It gives me great pleasure to see the reaction of clients when they receive their order and try one of the pastries inside. I have received nothing but positive reviews from clients, which fills me with joy.

We all have different ways of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I define success as when you discover the balance between the various and diverse areas of your life. Perhaps you are not where you want to be, but you are working and learning in the process. For me, success is a process and a lifestyle. Success will also be based on your own perspective, not on others.  And always remember, “Life is too short, cómete un quesito”.

Pricing:

  • Pastries box at events starts at $6
  • Trays $40 up
  • Custom box $16 up

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