Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriel Toma.
Gabriel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ever since I got to know me, always been an adventurer, always wanted to be an entrepreneur, to work for myself. I have that spirit of keep trying, never give up, dream big, follow my passion and I’ll never work a day in my life. My vision, my mindset and my perseverance is what keeps me going, others have done it and I know deep in my soul that it’s possible for me too.
Moved to Texas in 2014 with my wife Ekaterina and my precious daughter Eva to start a NEW life, take advantage of new great opportunities. We found ourselves with a blank canvas in front of us and we said that’s a great opportunity to create anything we want to, and we are here to make an impact for our family and definitely want to impact others in a positive way as well.
I came with this idea in mind, I knew that I will make this a reality, was just a matter of time and me taking action. As a child, I grew up in the countryside and almost every time we went to the mountains to BBQ I was getting one of the walnut chimney cake or cinnamon and quickly became one of my favorite desserts.
When we arrived to Houston, it took time to accommodate and the idea was put aside for a while, to follow and climb America corporate ladder. Well, was not very long until I realized that again, I am not made to work for somebody else all my life and if I truly want to make a difference in my family’s legacy and others around me I must stop playing small and start live my lief to my true potential.
Late 2017 was when I got serious to opening my chimney cake business and started to research where can I buy the equipment, ingredients, tools and what would cost me. Next step was to educate myself in the art of making the dough, rolling them on the roll pin, learning the receipts and create new ones.
And around one year later, in November 2018 is when Dracula’s Chimney Cakes was founded after thorough planing and practicing the 300-year-old tradition until we perfected the ultimate quality in order to deliver an absolute delicious and unique product where our guests can actually taste the DIFFERENCE.
We appreciate all the friends, coworkers, acquaintances that helped us at the beginning and many thanks to all who came to support our local small business that’s about to become a nationwide phenomenon. We want to you to be part of the next movement.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a business it’s never a smooth road, not being born here and not knowing the laws and not knowing how things work in Texas was challenging.
And, I made a decision to make it happen anyway, so I started to look online, contact people I knew, ask the right questions and I found out how to create a business. After, the challenging part was to figure it out on where I can showcase my product. I started to make tens and tens of phone calls to event planners, festival organizers, call coffee shops, cinemas, rodeos so I can share with all what I do so I make it in, and we managed to book every weekend due to determination to win.
Today we are in a place that we are getting called to collaborate and to participate different markets or festivals. Feels great! And it’s only forward we can go!
Dracula’s Chimney Cakes – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am involved in every part of the business, I love leading by example and look forward to build a strong culture around the business.
I build the website, I’m doing the social media as of now as well, ordering, invoicing, prepping, rolling and so on. We are just about to start hiring since the business is growing steady.
Even we are mobile and have a food trailer, we are baking these cakes fresh to order every time, nothings tastes better than a fresh baked good that you can enjoy in the moment. We put love and passion in everything we do in order to deliver our guests an authentic piece of Romanian/Hungarian culture, a tradition that been around more than 300 years.
What sets us apart here at Dracula’s Chimney Cakes, is that we put love & passion in everything we do, we care to deliver exceptional service every single time and truly take care for our guests, and have lots of fun doing it. We are looking forward to share this historical baked Transylvanian delicious cakes with all y’all.
I am proud to say that almost a year later we are still in business, we getting close to 1000 followers on Facebook, social media in general is doing well and we are making an impact in our community by being part of the local farmers markets in the Woodlands and Tomball, collaborating with local coffee shops like Momentum Coffee in Spring, partnering with Grand Oaks High School in Spring as well as partnering with Relay For Life to help making an impact for people dealing with cancer and this is just the beginning of what we will do in the future to come.
Not having a location yet doesn’t stop us. We always look for what else can we do, got to be a better way to run the business in order to move forward and expand into a brick and mortar shop.
As mentioned, recently we purchased a food trailer that’s ready to go that will park it at 403 EATS in Tomball and keep that for a while to save money and find an investor if needed to open a location a year from today.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
When I look back to 2010 when I was 25 years old, I was just a guy with no vision, no discipline, no real drive to win, no leadership skills whatsoever, and also that’s the year I met LEADERSHIP and started to dive in the subject, reading lots of books and articles, today, nine years later, I consider myself unleashed and an unstoppable human being, I am relentless going after my dreams and I am proud that no matter the hardships I’m going through I am pushing forward and visualize a better future for my family and through perseverance, discipline and consistency I will make all of this happen.
- Sweet Cakes are $7
- Savory Chimney Cakes varies from $7-$14
- Ice Cream Chimney Cakes $8
- Address: Food Trailer will be permanently parked at 403 EATS @ 403 Main St, Tomball, TX 77375
I’ll be also moving around to different evens and festivals as well!
- Website: www.dccakesusa.com
- Phone: 7133846799
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/draculaschimneycakes/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Draculas-Chimney-Cakes-2352982511603082/?modal=admin_todo_tour
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/draculas-chimney-cakes-spring?osq=chimney+cakes