Cake Cafe Owner ~ Ardra Tippett: BEING the Change She Wants to See
Ardra Tippett isn’t just Atlanta’s most buzzworthy baker. These days, she’s buzzing around doing reality TV shows like My Momma Throws Down (airing on TV ONE), creating webisodes for V-103.com and posting blogs where she shares her baking and personal insights. She’s also opening up new locations for her bakery, to share her sweet goods with as many people in Atlanta who want LOVE. With all of that going on, it’s hard to believe that she has time for anything else. But Tippett holds the belief that giving back to the community is the most important thing that a business person can do. “If you’re a business owner in the community and you’re not giving back to that community, that you expect to give to you, then shame on you. If they don’t have the money, then they have the time.”
In conversation, most people might agree with this sentiment, but Tippett does so much more than talk about supporting the community. She sponsors many youth development and high school athletic programs. For Tippett, donating money to good causes is only a small part of her philanthropic duty.
She shares her beliefs through the Taste Love Foundation, which provides cakes to young people under the age of eighteen whose parents are incarcerated, deceased, or who are living in shelters. After hearing the stories of many women whom Ardra came into contact with, who had never had a birthday party, she was inspired to give back by bringing joy to young people on a day when they might have gone unnoticed.
She sees that giving her time can have just as much of an impact, if not more, on the lives of those in her community. When she’s asked to speak at a career day or to a youth group, she always accepts and she doesn’t just stimulate young minds with words, she brings along a batch of equally inspiring treats that seem to say, “Follow your dreams. Life can be Sweet.”
When we asked her to dish on the celebrities that she’s baked for over the years, Tippett wasn’t really concerned with name dropping. She is still proud to mention that she was given the opportunity to do something for President Barack Obama (she had the opportunity to bake two cakes during the President’s recent visit to Atlanta). She went on to talk about all of her customers. “We treat everyone like celebrities. It’s truly an honor and opportunity to serve anyone who comes through our doors. Our bosses walk through our doors all day, every day.”
There will be more doors for dessert lovers to walk through, with other Cake Cafe Atlanta locations opening soon. An array of cakes, cupcakes, cobblers, brownies, pies and popcorn will be available. You can learn more about Tippett and Cake Cafe Atlanta by visiting CakeCafeAtlanta.com. And don’t forget to catch her on My Mama Throws Down on TVONE.