We had the good fortune of connecting with Henry and Kascha Adeleye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Henry and Kascha, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I began baking cupcakes in high school and college, and I loved making new and exciting flavors for my friends and family. Henry has been an entrepreneur since a young age, from selling mixed tapes in high school to owning a DJing company in college. When the two of us met in college, I kept talking about my desire to open a cupcake shop, but I never put the elbow grease into writing a business plan. Henry wanted to open up a coffee shop, and from there, the two ideas were blended together into what is now Kupcakerie.
What should our readers know about your business?
Kupcakerie is a bakery and cafe located in East Point, GA. Why are we different from any other cupcake shop in Atlanta? Well, you can come and stay a while. We have created an epic third space where people can come and enjoy a cupcake and a cup of coffee all while working or planning their next big move. Additionally, everything we sell is baked from scratch. No box mixes, no canned frosting, just love and human hands. Kupcakerie has been formed out of pure love and hard work. Both of us are completely self-taught, Kascha as a baker and Henry as an entrepreneur. In our marriage, we have been able to teach the other what our passions are, and that comes out in our business. Opening a storefront was definitely not easy. We originally had a funding source that backed out on us, and we were forced to come up with the capital on our own. We sold cupcakes online, baking out of our little apartment. We saved everything we made in order to open up in East Point.
The biggest lessons we have learned so far: have a team that you trust completely and for every plan you make, make a plan B, C, D.
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 love Atlanta. Henry was born and raised here, and I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. The first place we take anyone visiting us in Oakland City is the Beltline. You can literally access so many epic restaurants and shops from this space alone. Our favorites on our side of town would be Monday Night Brewing, Lean Draft House, and Boxcar. As lovers of coffee and tea, Just Add Honey is a local favorite as well as Daily Dose in the Reynoldstown area. For classic Southern fare, nothing beats The Beautiful on Cascade Road. Definitely the best fried chicken in the city, and I may even say the state. We also take our friends to check out the Cascade Nature Preserve for a quick hike or a glass of wine (or two or three) at the waterfall. And because every weekend requires pizza, we’d have to go down the block from Kupcakerie over to Oz Pizza for the best slice in Atlanta.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We want to give a shout out to our Kupcakerie Team! We have a group of 15 team members who make Kupcakerie run from day to day. We couldn’t have seen the success we’ve seen over the past five years without them.