by Kristie Aylett
What do cacti, coffee, and cakes have in common? The answer is a local small business owner who is following her dreams and making a difference in her community. The Prickly Hippie is hosting an anti-bullying campaign this month and hoping to promote the benefits of random acts of kindness after recently learning about so many local students being bullied.
The Prickly Hippie owner Jenni Sivils started making cakes as a hobby in college. Through baking, she found a way to express her creative side and make money before she entered the corporate world, selling baked goods to supermarket chains. After the burnout of long days on the road, Jenni settled in Ridgeland to sell cacti and coffee. But the urge to create unique sweet treats led her to find her passion of making homemade baked goods.
The pandemic presented Jenni’s biggest challenge yet in keeping the doors of The Prickly Hippie open. One key resource that helped her through this time were the tools provided by social media platforms. Platforms like Facebook have offered a critical opportunity to advertise her business for free and take online orders through Facebook’s Shop Now tool.
Jenni’s mother was also her saving grace throughout the pandemic, as the duo baked tirelessly every day to fulfill orders for contactless pickup. To do something to recognize her mom’s help and kind heart, Jenni was inspired by the “peacetarts” her mom creates at their store and by their mission of providing a place where people can go and feel accepted. So during the month of June, The Prickly Hippie is giving a free mini bouquet with a "Kindness Looks Good on Everyone" customizable tag to anyone so that they can write a kind note to someone who may be struggling to fit in or find acceptance in their community. Plus, they'll get a free coffee for themselves.
Check out The Prickly Hippie in Ridgeland at 500 Highway 51, Suite F, and be sure to check them out on Facebook.