Luis Arias is the head cake designer + decorator at Cake Makers Studio. After spending years as a musician and special effects makeup artist, he landed on the art of cake decorating. Cake Makers Studio started as a home business in 2014, as Luis made cakes for friends + family and eventually some of the biggest events in Lakeland. A few years working and collaborating with other local companies presented the opportunity to officially open his first physical location in Downtown Lakeland. Luis proudly offers custom, unique, out-of-the-box cakes for any occasion.
What is your business? To put it simply: we make cakes– but it’s not just about the cake, it’s about the customer. We want to implement their vision + personality into the project to create a beautifully personal cake for them and those who they will enjoy it with.
Who are your clients? We work with anyone celebrating the special moments in life. We’ve served weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and corporate events.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? My mom has been a big influence on me entrepreneurially, as I worked with her decorating cakes as a kid. Because of her, I try to use my opportunities as an entrepreneur to help as many people as I can by delivering a unique + memorable product.
What are your short-term goals? Having our own commercial kitchen where we can increase our production and have more room for some projects we have in mind.
What are some business wins? Having happy, returning customers and being recognized by more experienced professionals in the cake business are two huge wins!
Why Lakeland? Lakeland has been a great home because it’s between two metropolitan cities, is growing every day, and has a thriving, diverse community.
How has Catapult helped you? Catapult has helped me reach a community of like-minded people who have similar goals to build their business, help people, and be a productive part of our city. Catapult has also given me a better understanding of how to run our business and effectively market to our customers.
What is your Secret Sauce? We think outside the box to find a different approach to each of our projects. We even look to other industries for processes + systems that we can implement.
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