Mandisa and Keshier Randolph move their Sweet Rain Vegan Bakeshop business to Warner Robins.
They will start with farmers markets and next plan to open a shop.
Based at her home in Loganville, Sweet Rain Vegan Bakery is known for delicious vegan desserts with gluten-free options.
The Randolphs, who wed in August 2021, started their business in 2019 — traveling to farmers’ markets, craft markets and vegan festivals.
they also offer their products via their website.
In preparation for their move to Warner Robins, they have suspended pop-up events for the month and their home and online stores will be closed from March 23rd to April 3rd.
Their first pop-up event after the move will be NewTown Macon’s The Market, taking place on April 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Poplar Street between First and Second Streets.
Once they identify a location, they plan to offer breakfast and brunch at their store. Mandisa’s daughter, Alexis Smith, will help with the storefront staff.
Mandisa does all the baking and kitchen related stuff. Keshier handles the business side from ingredient labels to marketing to finances.
“I’m the taste tester,” Keshier said.
The Randolphs hope to open their shop in the next few months.
“I’d love to open something by the summer, but I’m just going to let it flow as it flows,” Mandisa said. “I don’t want to rush or drag anything.”
Mandisa fell in love with baking at an early age.
She learned from her grandmothers, Ruby Kemp and the late Jettie Pearl Harper.
She also attended two culinary schools.
She started out working in retail at Winn Dixie and Kroger grocery stores and had a few jobs in between before joining Publix in customer service.
Nine years after 15 years at a Publix, Mandisa moved into the grocery store’s bakery as part of his fast-track program. She next worked for General Mills as a traveling bakery trainer.
After a serious accident with a trailer truck, Mandisa decided to quit her job at General Mills. She said Keshier encouraged her to start her business.
“I’ve always wanted to own a business like a bakery or a catering business,” Mandisa said.
As a vegan, Mandisa also wanted something vegan to please her sweet tooth, but was often not satisfied with what she found in stores.
“So I worked on the recipes for about seven months,” Mandisa said. “They were all very terrible.”
“We threw a lot of stuff out the back door at the squirrels and the rabbits and such as we were going,” Mandisa said. “But after about seven or eight months of playing around with the different egg and meat substitutes, I got it going…
“It was a lot of trial and error and while I was doing that she (Keshir) went off and got our name, got our cottage license and we did our trademark. That way we were fully licensed from the start.”
‘In every sense’
Keshier, who was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at the age of 12, is an overcomer. She has a successful career in the insurance industry, a PhD and often shares her story as inspiration.
She can work from home when not traveling and works part-time at her company.
With five weeks off, Keshier says she plans her time off for vegan festivals and other pop-up events.
“Wherever she is, I’m there,” Keshier said. “I just want people to know that I support them in every way and support their dream in every way.”