We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding a work/life balance has proven to be quite difficult. I spend so much time at work, that I barley have time when I’m home. By the time my day ends, all I want to do is sleep. With that being said, I’ve developed a system where work stays at work. I try not to respond to emails on my days off or when I get home. I prep all my images, and am trying out scheduling posts. I never was the kind of person to go out all of the time, but if I was, I’m sure I haven’t gotten to the point where I could handle it quite yet! The balance can definitely be better. It’s a work in progress.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
It’s been no easy journey, but I wouldn’t change what I do for anything. My bakery opened back in August of 2020, and it’s posed it’s challenges. Opening a business in the midst of a pandemic has been a rather interesting ride. I’ve faced obstacles that I couldn’t have been prepared for. Nonetheless, I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way. You’ve got to roll with the punches. Continuously adapt and know that this bump in the road will pass. What’s helped with all of that is how I interact with my customers. I genuinely love to build relationships with all of them. I remember what they like to order or how often they come in. That rapport I build, along with the quality of my product, keeps people coming back. I think that’s what separates me from other places. I want to get to know the people who support my dreams. I want people to know that you really can do anything you set your mind to. As cliche as that is, you can. It’s even more attainable when you love what you do, and you have a great team behind you.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’re going on a food tour! There’s so many good food spots in South Florida. One of my favorite spots is this chicken tender place called Huey Magoos. I’m definitely going there. There’s a few cool museums down in Miami as well. I’m not the biggest fan of the beach, but you can’t be in Florida and not go. Wynwood would also be another spot to go to.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh man, where to even start. I wouldn’t be where I was without the great support behind me. Everyone from family and loved ones, my old teachers at ATC, my friends, city officials, and my customers all deserve a shout out.