Small Business Spotlight: Lucki’s Cheesecake

Rhonda Word Morris started off making chitterlings for restaurants until she came down with an illness that typically only affected animals. Rhonda was looking for another way to support her family so she began working multiple jobs. Her daughter, Lucki, saw how hard her mother had been working and knew that she had to find a better way to help her mom make ends meet.

Lucki’s grandfather taught her how to make New York style cheesecakes so she decided that she would use what he taught her to start selling the tasty treats out of their home. At just 15-years-old, Lucki was selling so many cheesecakes that it caught the attention of the local news and a local business owner who reached out to Rhonda to start selling the cheesecakes at his restaurant. It was at that moment that Rhonda took a leap of faith, believed in herself and her daughter, quit her three jobs and went into business for herself. Nine years later, Rhonda has her own location on West McNichols, a franchise location in Ferndale, and is planning to open another shop near downtown in the spring of 2016.

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