We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
The habits that I feel have helped me succeed in my business are leading by example, integrity, organization and giving back. when I decided to hire my first employee, I knew I wanted to work side by side with them and let them know my business was a team effort even though I was the owner. Integrity is a really important habit for me in my life and my business. I feel like doing what you say you are gong to do and to do it at the best of your ability is invaluable. Having an organized bakery and daily schedule allows productiveness, cleanliness and happy people! Since day 1, we have given back to families, our community, and organizations that are inline with our bakery philosophy. It feels good for us to see the difference we make while working our job. These 4 habits are ingrained in me and I try to impose them on my team at the bakery.
What should our readers know about your business?
SunOven Gluten Free Vegan Bakery is a wholesale bakery settled in the valley of Ojai, CA. Since we are wholesale we do not have a cute little shop to visit but many of the cafe’s here carry our goodies and you can order online to pick up at our kitchen. Our products are make allergen friendly because we want everyone to enjoy eating the same foods together instead of the person with the nut allergy or gluten free kid missing out on doughnuts or having to eat something else. This stems from my family, 2 of us cannot eat certain foods and I was tired of making different meals or feeling left out at birthday parties when dessert was served. I knew there was a solution, SunOven was born! I am proud of the fact that I started my business with $1000 and hard work. Yes it was hard but I knew making good decisions, growing slowly and surrounding myself with good people, it would pay off. Even in this past year, we kept going and instead of laying off employees we reached out to the community and did things like lunches for school age families, donated to food banks and used out thinking caps to get creative. SUN stands for Simple, Unique & Nutritious. Our products are made from whole, simple ingredients which leads to better nutrition and therefore unique. we do not use food coloring, preservatives and choose organic.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ojai is an amazing little town in the mountains but not far from the beach. I would start off by jumping on the bike trail and riding our bikes to get coffee at Beacon Coffee, the BEST oat milk cappuccino in the world and SunOven cinnamon roll 🙂 Leave your bikes parked at Beacon and walk to Libbey park ( if you have your tennis rackets for sure play on the courts there) or just walk around the park. Shop on Ojai avenue and stop to get a flight of Kombuha from Revel or Beer from Topa Topa Brewery. Hip Vegan is the best lunch venue and if its a Sunday you can pop over to the farmer’s market! Then stop at Point De Chene for a bottle of wine and some local chocolate. Ask for Bob, the owner for a fantastic story of where your wine came from. For dinner The Deer Lodge is a must! A historical restaurant with with views, history, great drinks and food. Don’t miss out on the sunset, the locals call it Pink Moment.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family has been the driving force behind my bakery. It all started in my home kitchen making a loaf of bread for my 5 year old son who had allergies, now 10 years later he works for me in my bakery in addition to my mother and occasionally my husband and other 2 kids. Katie Cook, Owner of The Little Farm in Ojai is a true example of giving back and integrity for me! She rescues animals from being slaughtered and raises her family to eat in an animal free way.
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