Christin Kubasko, ’10, and Angie Daniels Tucker, ’02, have become full time cookie creators and entrepreneurs; however, they had no plans for their sweet success when they attended Meredith College. They now own and operate Southern Sugar Bakery in Raleigh, N.C.
Southern Sugar Bakery is a small confectionery that started in Tucker’s personal kitchen in February 2013. The operation moved to a commercial space in August 2015 where the two alumnae create personalized, custom cookies and cookie cakes. Customers place orders for events ranging from bridal showers to birthdays.
“People just came. It’s been a blessing,” Kubasko said about their success.
After leaving Meredith, Tucker became a high school counselor, while Kubasko continued her education at Appalachian State University. The two met in a Bible study group in 2005 and became fast friends. Kubasko went on to follow Tucker’s path into high school counseling.
During that time, Kubasko began making small batches of cookies as a hobby – baking one or two dozen at a time and selling them to friends for events. This hobby ended up expanding to the point that Kubasko asked Tucker for assistance.
But making dozens of cookies every week and working full-time as counselors became exhausting. They were faced with a decision.
“It was either stick with a stable job, with benefits and a guaranteed paycheck, or go with this opportunity that was presented to us,” Kubasko said. “We chose to follow our faith, and where God wanted us to go because we knew He wouldn’t take us where we couldn’t succeed.”
Their choice, and success, has landed them in multiple publications, such as Raleigh Magazine and Our State magazine. It also grew into a booming business that was spotlighted in a segment on the Today Show, where they baked cookies with host Matt Lauer.
They launched their website just days before appearing on the show. After the segment aired, their voicemail and email inboxes became flooded, and their social media network exploded.
“As for the future? We have no idea,” Tucker said. “We’re along for the ride, and we’ll continue to dream. We can’t thank our friends, family, and Meredith enough for helping us get this far.”