The Face Behind Treats by B - Brea Gladney
You never know when you’ll meet someone who will inspire you with their drive and make you put on your thinking cap. Last year at an event, not by chance, I met Brea, the owner of Bay Area's online bakery and pastry shop, “Treats By B". I’ve been captivated by her artistry and baking skills ever since!
From the Bay to LA, Brea has shared her gift of baking and pastry artistry by attending some monumental events, such as Amber Rose's Slut Walk, L.A.'s Cookie Con and Sweets Show, and most recently, the Vegan Street Fair in N. Hollywood. Her dessert presentation even blessed the pages of L.A. Weekly.
Treats by B has been satisfying sweet teeth all over- from beautiful young children to prominent celebrity figures such as Mona Scott Young and John Salley. Get ready world because she doesn’t have plans of stopping!
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Tell me about yourself?
My name is Brea Gladney, some people call me Slim. I'll be 24 years old this upcoming April. I was born and raised in Oakland, CA, but spent my entire life going to school in San Leandro and currently live and run my business there now.
How did you get into baking and how long have you been doing it?
I always watched my grandmother prepare cakes for holiday gatherings ever since I was young. She used to let me help her whisk all the ingredients. As I got older around age 9 my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and a few years later suffered a stroke in her right hand. So from then on I pretty much took over making all the holiday cakes for her and it's been a passion ever since. I officially started it as a business back in 2013 and that's how Treats by B began.
How do you separate yourself from other females Entrepreneurs in the baking industry? I feel like we all have a huge passion for what we do, but I guess what makes me different is my style. I have a certain style of recipe and motions of how I do things that make my treats my own. I don't really look at anyone as competition either. I love sharing ideas and tips to help one another.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcoming in your life & how has it changed you into a better woman?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was at last years’ LA Cookie Con. It was my first event ever, and I kind of just jumped right into it not really knowing what I was doing or how things worked. It by far was one of the most challenging experiences to prepare for in my life, but it came with so many life lessons. There's such a huge difference from my 22 year old self at the time. If anything I learned is that everything needs a plan.
Who would you like to work with in the future? So far I have my eye on J&B popcorn in Los Angeles. I met the two brothers at this years Cookie Con and they are both as great as their product. I'm hoping to collaborate with them in the future on a popcorn flavor.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Within the next five years, I hope to have at least 1-2 store fronts open. One on the west coast and one on the east coast.
How was your experience at the Amber Rose Slut Walk? What other events do you have coming up?
I definitely expected a bit of a different experience at the Slut Walk, but overall I had a lot of fun and got a chance to see Amber Rose up close in person. It was pretty cool she parked her pink jeep in front of me lol.
As far as upcoming events, I will be a vendor for the Vegan Street Fair on 3/26 in North Hollywood. This is my second year participating in the event and I'm beyond excited. I'm also planning on getting into farmers markets this is year.
Any shout outs?
I really just want to give a shout out to my mom for always being there at every single event to help me out. All of my supporters who constantly give their donations towards every event. Everyone who has reposted, retweeted or even shared a flyer. As well as Monica for opening up her home and my best friend Raquel for giving up her time to help me create signs and run my booth(s). Without these women and kind-hearted people it would be hard to do what I'm doing alone.
Make sure you follow Brea on Instagram @TreatsbyB & her website www.treatsbybrea.com