We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
That they can achieve whatever they put their mind and effort into. That there might be obstacles but nothing is impossible.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am really proud that being here from Mexico, and not having a High School diploma I was able to make it here and have my little store. I am excited jus to be here everyday and have the opportunity to create beautiful cookies. It is no secret that I started making cookies for my daughters birthday and couldn’t find the cutters that I needed, so, I made my own with a paper plate! Everything started there, but it was when my dad needed surgery in Mexico and we had to pay for it that it all started. Orders started to rain and suddenly I was making 60-80 dozens per week in my little kitchen, so I had to rent a place. I had to learn how to balance running a business and raising 2 girls with my husband. I think that is the hardest part, sometimes having to sacrifice time with them in order for me to run the shop and have everything ready when it has to be. I wish the world would ignore the fear of starting a business, doing what they like to do. I had that same fear, and my husband said “what is the worst that could happen? If it works that is awesome, and if it doesn’t…well, nothing wrong with trying”
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?
OK, I am doing this like if was before Covid, or else we would end up in my couch. I am not that outdoorsy, but for her I would make and exeption I would take her to have breakfast @ Flappy Jack’s Pancake house FOR SURE!! After that I would take her to the West Covina Mall to do some shopping. Go home and wait for lunch time so I could take her to my favorite burgers IN N OUT!!!!!! I’ll take her to the movie theater we would have dinner @ Fratellino’s Italian Maybe a walk to the beach. 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?
Well, my husband Jose, my cousin Carmina, my sisters Mary and Patty and my uncle Juan Salcedo from Ponce’s Bakery who makes the best conchitas in the world.