GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Amidst the financial and economic hardships brought on by COVID-19, a pair of veterans are making South Mississippi a little sweeter.
Alicia Hill and Kesha Dawson are no strangers to working hard. Both veterans of the Armed Forces, the New Orleans natives saw a need for homebaked goods in South Mississippi. The pair opened up Treats from Heaven and are now making a name for themselves with their delicious desserts.
“I missed that home taste feel and you didn’t really find that around here,” said Hill. “So I said, I’ll bring it to the world then.”
They bake their goods at home, and then travel to store fronts and shopping centers, alerting their customers on social media where they’re going next.
“I couldn’t find a good job due to the coronavirus, so we went into business ourselves,” said Alicia Hill.
It’s something that Hall, also known as ‘cake lady’ found a passion for after her two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Navy. She also said the military experience sparked the team’s work ethic.
“(The military) definitely taught me to get up at the crack of dawn and get it going,” Hill said. "And staying dedicated and being consistent in my work.”
While the bakery continues to serve the public through pop-up stands, the owners hope for bigger plans in the future.
“We’re on our way to getting a food truck," Hill said. "So, we wanna have a lot more bake sales so we can have a food truck.”
In the meantime, the company will continue to sell their signature banana pudding cakes, cinnamon cereal cake and other baked goods to customers at store fronts and farmers markets.