We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelley Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelley, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted something that would live beyond me, be bigger than me. Something I could give my daughters. Two Dough Girls was an idea to put a greener, more ingredient-conscious spin on baked goods. I wanted to inspire people to not only think about what they eat, but what goes into what they eat as well as take account of the other things they’re consuming. The love received from our first public event was confirmation that we should keep at it… so here we are.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Two Dough Girls puts a youthful spin on traditional desserts. We pride ourselves on creating unique flavors with more conscious ingredients. BUT we like to have fun and it shows! We’re excited to cinnamon roll with the punches this year. Last year was weird for everyone and business became not so fun, but new processes have been implemented to shift and keep going. It’s never been easy, but family has been so helpful in keeping us afloat. And the fanbase is incredible and continuously comes through! I’ve learned that it is best to ask for help. And if that person can’t give you what you need, it’s ok to ask someone else and to not be discouraged by that. Not everyone is a good fit. I’ve also learned to grow at my own pace. What is mine will be mine regardless of how long it takes me to get it. I am always reminded of this when I focus on myself and what I desire and do the necessary work to move forward. I want the world to see Two Dough Girls as a source of inspiration and know that the drive and creativity that’s in us is in them too.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to eat, so we’d start there! Corner Grille is one of my favorite restaurants. I also love Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen, Feedel Bistro and Canoe. For sweets, we’d visit Morelli’s, Sublime Doughnuts, Endulge, Honeysuckle Gelato and Kupcakerie. For shopping, we’d stop by Ponce City Market and visit Sustainable Home Goods and The Village and grab a bite at El Super Pan to fuel up before our bike ride on the Beltline. We’d ride over to Piedmont Park and cool off with a pop from King of Pops. Zucot Gallery, The High Museum, SCAD and an Atlanta street art tour would whet our artistic appetite. We’d visit For Keeps and The Book Boutique for some good reads. We’d end one of the nights at a Sofar concert, drinks and tapas at The James or live jazz at The High. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Buy From a Black Woman is a great source of love and inspiration. She utilizes social media in the best way and stays in our inbox and timeline with motivating posts, rest reminders and game changing Black Women balancing their business and wellbeing. It brings awareness to inspiring Black women as well as an extensive list of their businesses which I can collaborate with, patronize and support.
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