From a young age, Skyla Johnson has been a baker.
Johnson and her great-grandmother, nicknamed Suga Pie, would bake together from scratch.
“I learned the fundamentals of baking and how to mix ingredients together until it was just right,” Johnson said. “We didn’t measure (she was old school), we just added a little bit of this and that until it tasted good, and then we baked.”
An entrepreneur since July 2019 when she launched her full-time bakery enterprise, Suga Pie’s Cupcakes (named for her great-grandmother), Johnson has now got a big break.
This past month, her banana pudding began being featured at Pit BBQ Grille’s new Clintonville location.
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“I feel amazing that we were able to find the perfect time and location to collaborate, and it works out perfectly with BBQ, soul food, and banana pudding,” Johnson said. “I’m really excited to supply a local, well-known and respected Black-Owned business with their dessert, and I’m very excited for what’s to come.”
Johnson said she met with Pit BBQ Grille in 2019 at their Northern Lights location, following up with them again at the “Our Food Truck Festival” last summer. They were excited to work with her, she said, and offered an opportunity for her to sell her pudding at their new location.
Since moving full-time with her business in 2019, Johnson has expanded, gaining new customers and selling at local farmers markets and vendors events.
She said she’s begun speaking with a realtor about the process of opening a brick and mortar location, though she hasn’t set a date or chosen a location.
“My ultimate goal has always been to be the owner of a storefront bakery,” she said. “I can finally see this happening for me this year.”