Lisa Vazquez is the owner of Butter Bliss Bakeshop. She is also a Nonahood resident. Check out our interview with her below!
Nonahood News: What is your job?
Lisa Vazquez: I’m the owner of Butter Bliss Bakeshop; I do custom cakes. I also do sweets and desserts for any occasion.
NHN: What does your daily schedule look like?
LV: I have a three-year-old son, so I start off by dropping him off at daycare. Then, I come back home, and I check emails, answering back to people. If it’s a Monday, that is usually my admin computer stuff day. After that, I try and get all my baking stuff done for the week. Then, I’m usually working on the decoration; some stuff has to dry. So, if I have a cake on the weekend, I’m working on it throughout the whole entire week. And then I finish off my days in the afternoon because I have to pick up my son. I try and leave the night time for family time, dinner, and then by the end of the week, it’s usually just finishing up orders and making deliveries.
NHN: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
LV: I would say it’s once I finish and I deliver my cakes to people because it’s a long planning process usually, especially if it’s something big. So seeing that person’s reaction to the finished product and how much they love it.
NHN: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
LV: Admin stuff and remembering to post on social media. That’s kind of why I tell people I’m closed on Mondays – so it kind of forces me to get computer stuff done.
NHN: What got you interested in doing your current job in this area?
LV: I’ve been baking and decorating cakes for almost 12 years now. I’ve always liked to bake, and then after high school, I got to pick what I want to do. And so, I decided to go to Le Cordon Bleu in the pastry program. I graduated in 2010. So ever since then, I’ve had a full-time job but baking on the side. So, I just figured a little over a year ago, like March of last year, I decided to actually make it my full-time business. Also, I live with my parents, so they’ve wanted to move to Lake Nona for a really long time. I was getting a lot of orders from people that lived in Lake Nona because you can’t find too many people that are willing to deliver to Lake Nona. So it was a win-win situation.
NHN: How did the pandemic affect your business?
LV: It wasn’t too bad. I was trying to get into events or farmer’s markets to get my name out. And I was able to do one event before everything completely shut down. Once I did that, I pivoted more towards the delivering aspect. So, people could order online and then get it delivered. No contact; I would just leave it at their door.
NHN: Do you have any interesting hobbies, collections or interests?
LV: For hobbies, it’d probably be photography. I took a class in high school, and ever since then, I love to do it – and making cakes. It goes hand-in-hand because you need good pictures of your cakes. And then for collection, I actually kind of collect sneakers. Probably six or seven years ago now, I was able to afford my favorite pair of Jordans. I’ve probably worn them less than 10 times. Right now, I think I probably have around 20 pairs of sneakers.
NHN: Where do you see yourselves in the next five years?
LV: In the next five years, I’d love to be settled in my own house. I’d like to have a big shop close to the Lake Nona area. And I just want to keep making cakes. When people think, “I’m in Lake Nona and I need a cake,” I want the first thing for them to think of to be Butter Bliss.
NHN: What would you say to anyone who is considering a move to Lake Nona?
LV: I would definitely say to do it. There are so many things here, so many new things happening. Everything’s popping up. You can see tons of wildlife; you can be in an area that’s like a city but not so city-like. You get a bit of everything. And, like I said, I have a three-year-old, so the schools were an important thing and there are good schools here. There’s just a lot of opportunity in the area.