Angelette Aviles is a bit of a whirlwind.
When I first met Angelette, it was for an interview held in her Cup + Cake BLVD shop in Crofton. At the time, cupcakes were all the rage, and Angelette’s products were in particular demand, due in no small part to her popular food truck, which she operated in Silver Spring and around Washington, DC.
Angelette had only recently opened her first bakery and was juggling twenty things at one time: exiting the food truck business, growing a brick-and-mortar business, tending to her husband and three children, and getting ready for a spate of upcoming events for Republican and Latino causes—both of which are dear to her heart.
Angelette seemed simultaneously to be both a molten core of energy and the calm center of an epic storm. She personified constant movement and also a firm, quiet sense of order and knowing exactly What Should Come Next.
Angelette is ambitious and smart, equally proud of her femininity, heritage and personal politics, and therefore self-assured in a way that many women can only hope to achieve before they are too old to really care what other people think. One gets the idea that Angelette achieved her self-confidence some time ago.
I felt a kinship to Angelette (although I should mention that she didn’t remember me at all when I stopped by this week, which says something, though I’ve decided to not worry what) largely because like me, she seems to always have something simmering in the pot, and all burners fired up.
These days she is busy opening a new Cup+Cake BLVD shop in Westfield Annapolis Mall. Located in the food court near Pottery Barn and the aquariums, Angelette earned the coveted space when she won a culinary contest sponsored by Westfield.
This past fall she started writing a bi-weekly political column for the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis where she can showcase her views on issues ranging from development to elections. Angelette has worked in politics for years, most notably in Florida, where she owned an advertising and public relations firm. She wrote for Newt Gingrich’s blog, contributed to lobbying efforts for local and state legislation and was frequently tapped as a consultant on Latino issues. Recently, she was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
She does all that while making cakes like this:
Here is her story, told to me last week as she launched both her Westfield location AND her new signature Maryland Cookie—soon to be seen in every gift shop and tourist locale across the region, because they are perfectly-sized and delicious-looking shortbread cookies shaped like little Black-Eyed Susans. She showed me the cookies while she set up her latest invention: a Create-and-Take, design-your-own cupcake bar, which I think will be a dangerous thing to have just down the road from my office.
Home City, State: I was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD but also lived in South Florida.
Marital Status: Married to Carlos Aviles (2002)
Children: I have 3 children: Javier (19), Giancarlos (12), & Isabella (11)
Education: B.A. University of South Florida, class of 1994
Greatest Source of Pride: Being a mother, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride, and inspiration.
Greatest Source of Aggravation: When people make excuses as to why they can’t do something or why something cannot work.
Favorite Quote: The same quote published in my Senior yearbook….
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow,
To run where the brave dare not go.
–Man of La Mancha, “The Impossible Dream”
Defining Moment: When I was a junior in college and gave birth to my oldest son.
Prior to his birth I was lectured by others of how the stats were stacked against me as a single mother. One week after he was born I went back to my Fall classes & received standing ovations and applauds. I am assuming people thought I would never finish out the semester or college. You could say I wanted to prove to people that with determination anything was possible…by the time I was 22 I graduated with my Bachelors degree. A few months later I was a manager of a retail chain responsible for meeting sales and payroll quotas and working with a team of 15 people who were older than me.
Advice to women younger than I: Obstacles are opportunities in disguise. Take those obstacles and look at them as challenges. And don’t be afraid to fail.
What is beauty and how does it define me: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it doesn’t define me. However being short in stature I loved my mother’s advice: all good things come in small packages. However, it sounds better in Spanish!
What I want to teach my children about women: Women come in all shapes and sizes all with different aspirations and goals. Don’t judge a woman for choosing to have a career or for being a domestic engineer. God works in different ways through each of us and we should invest in the gifts and talents we were blessed with wisely.
Fun for me is: Watching my boys play football and my daughter dance.
Right Now I Am: Thinking of so many things. Topic for my next column, notes for a speech in Miami next month, inventory, and invoicing a couple clients.
What that says about me: I am always up for a challenge and not afraid of the unknown.
Best Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Women of Any Age?
Tip #1: There is nothing wrong with eating desserts in moderation.
Tip#2: Learn to say no to avoid overwhelming yourself.
Tip#3: Sleep is important to recharge your brain.
Insightful quote about me by someone else:
“I have time to rest when I am 6 feet under.”
“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”-Proverbs 10:4Feel free to share...