We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tina, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?

I originally was making the banana pudding for family gatherings. I was encouraged by friends to start a business. It wasn’t until the pandemic happened that I really gave it further consideration. I’m so glad I did.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I currently work as a law enforcement officer. I believe in treating everyone I interact with respect regardless of what side of the law they end up on. My interaction with police officers peaked my interest in law enforcement and when the opportunity was available I applied. The police academy was not easy. It was challenging physically and mentally but it’s an experience I would not change. I was able to lean on classmates as we encouraged and pushed one another. I’ve learned that no matter the goal it’s achievable with hard work & dedication. I put care in every order that I make. I get the most joy seeing someone eat the banana pudding and say, this is good.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

I would take them to Knaus Berry Farm to get hot cinnamon buns & pick fresh strawberries. We would then go to Miller’s Alehouse for drinks and a good food. A trip to Top Golf to get some swings in and finally To Extreme Action Park to do an escape room and challenge the mind.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

I want to thank my friends who pushed me to start my business and encouraged me with helpful information. I would like to thank my husband who was very supportive of my business venture and still encourages me every step of the way. I would like to shout out Veandra Jean who has taken her love for doing hair into her own brand “Sassy Ladies Hair Boutique.”

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