Divine doesn’t just describe Tamara Jackson’s sweet treats, it also describes her business plan.
T’s Divine Sweets & More, LLC is the newest addition to the Cambridge family of small businesses, located at 410 Race Street, and was started by female entrepreneur Tamara Jackson.
“I had been in the restaurant industry, but honestly, what changed my whole direction — it was a dream,” says Tamara. “It happened on a Sunday, October 2015. My pastor had just given a sermon on your dreams, your goals. Your passion. And I was sitting there, I was at the edge of my seat, and I said to myself, ‘Lord, what is my talent, what is my gift?’
“And I remember the pastor saying, ‘Don’t cry over missed opportunities, thank God for the opportunity at hand.’”
And a dream came to Tamara, that night. “In the wee hours of the morning, I saw six words in my dream, clearly. Clear as on paper. And it said, ‘Homemade Desserts, Soup Luncheon, and Personal Chef.’”
T’s Divine Sweets is a commercial bakery, serving local restaurants, caterers and custom orders and serves the Eastern Shore as well as Wicomico and Somerset counties. “We’re from scratch, we customize our desserts to the establishment and we’re local,” she says, which means restaurants do not have to ship in frozen desserts.
“Freezing baked goods changes the flavor,” says Tamara. “We’re like your in-house pastry chef. You are going to get your desserts homemade, fresh and ready to serve.”
Tamara’s specialties include her fresh carrot cake with a fluffy, whipped cream cheese frosting, and her scrumptious peach cheesecake — a layered cheesecake with peaches in the center and on the top.
“I’m finding that people don’t want things super sweet and I’m trying to honor the feedback I’m hearing,” says Tamara. She has also received increasing requests for specialty desserts like gluten-free and diabetic options, and she has been developing her own recipes to accommodate dietary needs without compromising flavor.
While Tamara is really just in the beginning stages of offering full bakery services, her future plans lie in expanding her current business to offer homemade, garden-fresh soups and to offer other personal chef services, just like she envisioned in her prophetic dream.
“The sky is the limit now. There’s no more ‘I can’t do this, or I can’t do that,’” she says. “You just have to go for it.
“It’s all risk, yes...it’s risk. I stepped out on faith. I had a job but I wanted to go ahead with my passion,” Tamara said. “I’ve got my son, he’s seven, and I want him to look at mommy and see mommy works hard, she’s making strides in her life. You can’t just take life as it is if you’re not happy with the results.”
Tamara not only has the support of her son, but also of the community. “Because I’m just getting started, it takes a lot to get the word out. It’s one of the biggest challenges for small business,” she says. “There are a lot of women-owned businesses here and it’s wonderful the way we’re looking out for each other.”