We had the good fortune of connecting with Rey Mack and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rey, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my business first started off as a quarantine passion I was doing for myself and my family. All of our birthdays was in the beginning phase of the quarantine — starting in March with mine. I baked my favorite cake for myself, which is red velvet, and after getting positive reactions from my friends and family, I decided to pursue what was a hidden passion of mine to a full-time pursue. Thus, Rey’s Velvet was born — a play on word from my name and my favorite cake.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart from most bakers is my authenticity to stay true to my homestyle cakes and desserts, also, the Love I put in every cup of flour to pinch of salt. I am most proud of being able to give people experiences with each bite of one of my cakes. Weather its a reminiscing experience or a brand new one because they’ve never liked red velvet, but now they thoroughly enjoy it, those are the moments I am proud of. It’s an exciting and humbling feeling to know that I am part of birthdays, anniversaries, “just because,” and/or graduation moments. Definitely each moment of being an entrepreneur is not easy, but one thing I can say, it is FUN! If looked at it properly, everyday is a learning experience, even the lowest of low days. I surround myself with friends who tells me the ugliest truth when it comes to my baking techniques because it helps to perfect my craft and that experience that I am known for. When it comes to my business and my now brand, Rey’s Velvet, I want people to know that if you have a vision, an idea, or a plan, then put it into ACTION. Your idea will only go as far as you allow it. Never would I have thought that I would be baking cakes professionally – I never saw it for me when I would write my goals down each year. But one day God gave me a vision and talent that I was open to accept. One thing this process has taught me is that; YOU CAN DO AND BE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE AS LONG AS YOU PUT IN THE WORK AND EFFORT.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting me in Atlanta, a typical weekend trip would seem like a world tour because we are going to be all over the city. I would start with Saturday brunch at one of my favorite places, The Flying Biscuit (because of them I fell in love with grits), followed by a stroll or bike ride at Piedmont Park. After we have worked up another appetite, I would choose between two of my favorite Mexican restaurants; Zocalo or La Parrilla (FROZEN margaritas at each place is highly recommended). After we stuff our faces we will go back home to take a nap, yes, a NAP (lol) and get ready for the evening. We will start at Ponce City Market for dinner and end the night at Yard House for some drinks and late night appetizers. The following day we will take a hike up Stone Mountain Park before heading back home to change and go to Taverna in Buckhead for $2 mimosas and GREAT fresh food. While in Bulkhead, we’ll take a stroll in Lenox Mall and grab some ice cream at Jeni’s. After that we’ll take a drive through the city and head for a stroll on the Belt Line, then ending the night with some sushi at Ra Sushi in Midtown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There definitely wouldn’t be no Rey’s Velvet without my sister inspiring me to test my limits. Also, without my two supportive friends constantly challenging me and testing my recipes I wouldn’t have mastered my homestyle cakes and desserts.