This months Alumni spotlight goes out to Bria Howard, an SCPA class of 2011 Instrumental Music alum, and now a well known local baker. Bria owns her own dessert service called Sweet as “Bea”.
Sweet as “Bea” Desserts is a black owned home based bakery located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bria Howard, Owner and CEO, was initially inspired to start the home base business as a high-school student after the passing of her cousin, Malcolm, whose dream was to become a pastry chef. The name of the business is a tribute to her great grandmother whom she never had the opportunity to meet but was an awesome baker in her own right.
Sweet as “Bea” Desserts was relaunched in January 2015 when Bria returned home after completing her Bachelors Degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing from Bowling Green University (Ohio). “It started with a request to make a cake for a friend and a post on Facebook” Bria states. “I still work a full time job as a retail manager but baking is my superpower. I love seeing the vision of my clients come to life.” Since the start of the business, Bria’s creativity continues to soar. What started with cupcakes and simple cake designs has now flourished into beautifully decorated cakes of all kinds. Bria can take anyone’s vision and turn it into a specialized cake or cupcakes designed for the perfect occasion. From children’s themed birthday parties to lavish weddings, the desserts are delicious and customized for any event.
Sweet as “Bea” Desserts’ mission is to provide customized and flavorful cakes and treats that brings forth the vision of each client.
Bria Says: “SCPA has helped me with my business in a lot of ways I didn’t even think about. I use to bring cakes and cupcakes for all my friends to try if I came up with a new recipe (They loved it). My teachers helped me with business plans and encouraged me though every step of the way.”
Bria hopes to one day grow Sweet as “Bea” Desserts into a full service bakery where she can serve her Cincinnati community.
Sweet as “Bea” Desserts can be reached by Facebook, email, call or text.
Hours of availability:
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Phone: (513) 713-1616
EXAMPLES OF BRIA’S WORK CAN BE OBSERVED IN THE PICTURES BELOW!