Today we’d like to introduce you to Lalah Connell.
Lalah, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My name is Lalah Connell. A.k.A “The Queen of Bath time!” I am a 30 years old entrepreneur from Los Angeles, CA born and raised. I was actually raised on the same street “Friday” was filmed just two blocks over. I went to Mayfair High School in Lakewood, CA. I wasn’t a terrible student, but I wasn’t the best neither. One thing I regret more than anything is not taking High School more seriously. Graduating High School, I wanted to be a homicide detective, but for some reason I didn’t know that you would have to be the police first. Finding that out, it was the end of that.
I ended up enrolling in the Art Institute in Santa Monica for Culinary Arts. I graduated and earned my associate degree in Culinary Arts. I have worked in Schools, restaurants, for catering companies, and bakeries from Beverly Hills to Orange County.
While working at a school, Teacher Appreciation Week was approaching, and I wanted to do something nice for the staff. I had an idea of making sugar scrubs because I saw a cute gift idea on Pinterest. So, I made sugar scrubs and salt soaks for the ladies with a note saying something about treating themselves to a spa day at home. They all loved their gifts! The feedback I got really motivated me to keep going. My daughter has eczema and it clicked to make skincare products for her because her skin is so sensitive and it’s hard to find products safe for her.
That idea has turned into my baby. A skincare business called “She’s Edible.” My products are 100% handmade, homemade and safe for all skin types. No harsh chemicals, alcohols, parabens or harmful dyes. From sugar scrubs, my products have grown to Jelly Face Masks, Peeling Face Masks, Bath Bombs, Hair Masks, Tub Teas, & much more! I have done pop-ups & local street markets all over Southern California. I’m still striving and working to expand my brand so that many more can know about my business & the results of my skincare products.
Now even with all this, I still find time to do what it is I love to do, which is cook. I have a catering business called “Lemme Taste That.” I have done parties, brunches, date nights & catered funerals. On the weekends, I sometimes sell plates or dinners. This year I’m also trying to expand and bring awareness to my Catering Business as well. I grew up around my Grandmother and when I was in High School, I watched my Granny have so many side hustles and do well with her own businesses & I watched her do it all by herself.
I love what Voyage LA is doing! And it’s my honor to even get this far with you. It would mean a lot to me to have a feature.
My determination is there, and the love for my city is real. I can’t wait to feed my city & get everyone’s skin in Los Angeles flawless!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been far from a smooth road. A few years ago, I was working at a hotel, and it seemed like I finally had a job I could be settled in with and really get my independence going. Not too long after I got hired, we got a new Executive Chef. It seemed like from the very beginning, he was out to get rid of me. I was the only female African American in the kitchen at the time. Within a few months of him being there, he finally completed his mission. One day I came to work, it was my Friday, normal day at work. About halfway through my shift, I get called into HR to be fired and get my last check and an unemployment packet. It felt like once I was in a position to start my life independently, it was taken away from me. For the icing on the cake, they would rather settle with me & pay me than just give me my job back. That’s just one of the many challenges I face as a black single mother in Los Angeles.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Well, I’m more than a one trick pony. I went to Culinary School and I earned my AA in Culinary Management. With that, I have a catering business called “Lemme Taste That.” I’m known for catering a variety of events from brunches to funerals. My French toast & waffles are my signature. I also love to bake. I’m known for my own version of toaster strudels which are to die for! I make a variety of cheesecake parfaits & peach cobbler. My friends & regulars also place orders when I’m available & they come pick up whatever is requested.
Also, I have a skincare business. I am making products that are safe for any skin types. I make a mask I call Abracadabra! It gets rid of dark spots like magic! I do healing bath salts that fizz in the water & all kinds of flavors of bath bombs. I am Continuously creating new products.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I got my mentors in college. The relationship naturally was there. I was willing to learn and they were willing to teach. I always also always speak up. I’m always asking questions, looking for reasons to something. I have found new mentors over the years as my needs & desires change.
- Catering $1000 and up
- 4 oz Abracadabra $7
- 8 oz Abracadabra $15
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.shesedible.com
- Instagram: shes_edible_