Stone Franklin, the owner of one of Quincy’s newest businesses, What Kind Cupcakery, recently celebrated her new launch into the market scene in downtown Quincy with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at her cupcakery’s building.
As part of the grand opening festivities, What Kind Cupcakery, located on 14 North Adams Street, invited other local business owners to stop into the shop and celebrate the introduction of the cupcake shop.
“I know the only way to run a successful business is by getting the community involved,” said Franklin, who also hired local photographer Precious Green, owner of Precious Photos, to take pictures at the event.
Franklin says that her cupcakery completely sold out of cupcakes and was closed the day after the ceremony as a result of a blow-out grand opening.
When it comes to operating a business, Franklin says she has to thank Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry.
“When I got to [the] FAMU School of Business and Industry program, my nose was wide open. I was in love with every aspect of the program,” said Franklin. “Throughout my matriculation in School of Business and Industry, two wonderful ladies – LaTanya White and Kenyatta Rosier – took me to business conferences in Orlando and Atlanta.”
According to Franklin, it was these experiences, as well as the exposure and network opportunities that came with that support, that made her feel like she could be a part of something bigger one day and gave her the confidence and knowledge to launch her own business.
The cupcakery will be providing cupcakes to Gadsden County customers, and during the grand opening, Franklin let her potential clients know that she’d be experimenting with flavors; cupcake varieties such as strawberry banana, butter pecan, cotton candy, and Reese lover were all available for sampling.
“My grand opening was epic, it was so busy! Trust there will be another one,” said Franklin.
Shakiria Hopkins – Gadsden County News Service
Photos Courtesy of Precious Green