KNOXVILLE (WATE) - You may have heard of a fashionista, a person devoted to fashion clothing, but what about a confectionista?
We met one who seems to have the recipe to help you with all your holiday list.
6 News recently visited the Confectionista's Kitchen in South Knoxville. It is a full service bakery just six weeks old.
Emily Herndon's love for baking has been around much longer, though. In fact, you could say she and her mother, Linda, have been filling orders since taking a few classes nearly seven years ago.
"She and I started taking cake decorating classes," Emily explained. "We started making things for family and friends. People started asking us to do more and more stuff. Eventually it got to the point where we were working all day at regular jobs and then coming home and working all night, making that kind of stuff. So we wanted to just open a shop where people can come in and see all the things we do."
Emily's attention to detail can't be ignored.
From cookies to speciality cupcakes to gift baskets, and even cake push-ups, everything is made on site.
If you have a special must-have dessert for the holidays or need a gift for your child's teacher, just ask Emily to help you out.
"We do pies. We will have pies and cakes for Christmas," she said. "We did quite a few for Thanksgiving -- pumpkin, coconut cream, chocolate, that kind of thing."
The shop, located at 7355 Chapman Highway, may be able to do more than just satisfy your sweet tooth. Emily hopes it will draw more people to South Knoxville.
"The district is called the Urban Wilderness Arts and Trade District and what it is is a regentrification of South Knoxville and the business area. So we have a lot of local merchants who do arts, crafts, thrift stores, shops like this that are bakeries, restaurants, that are really trying to drive business across the bridge," Emily said. "Even though the bridge is under construction lot of people don't know that they can still get over here."
The Confectionista's Kitchen is having a trunk show Saturday morning, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be lots of baked goods, gift ideas, and local artisans' work for sale.