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The Places You’ll Go

Texarkana native, Tareka Lofton (right), competed in the Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge on Amazon Prime Video. photo courtesy of Adam Rose/Prime Video
Oh! The places you’ll go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the highfliers who soar to high heights.” —Dr. Seuss … Little did Tareka Lofton know how true these words from Dr. Seuss’s well-known children’s book would be when she was a little girl growing up in Texarkana. She could not imagine the sights she would see or to what heights her natural talent, creativity, and work ethic would take her. … Lofton’s parents were well-loved and respected members of the Texarkana community.

2023 Pitch It Texarkana

photos by Matt Cornelius
Imagine if Texarkana, USA, were a magnet for talent and entrepreneurship in our region. Bright young minds would see a tangible path to success after graduating from our schools, local businesses would have no shortage of eager and industrious recruits, an infectious startup culture would permeate our community, and hometown ingenuity would start to look a lot more like big city innovation. … Pitch It Texarkana is a collaborative effort to turn strategic thinking into strategic doing.

Tareka Lofton

photo courtesy of Tareka Lofton
A graduate of Arkansas High School, Pastry Chef Tareka Lofton is an award winning visual artist in painting and sculpture and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. After finishing pastry school in 2013, Tareka began baking cakes from her apartment and Loft 22 Cakes was born. Praises for these amazing cakes began to spread across the Dallas-Fort Worth area via a large swell of social media followers. … In 2017, Tareka opened Loft 22 Cakes first storefront bakery in Fort Worth’s Historic Near Southside. Tareka’s vision is to take both loves of food and art to create a treat you will never forget.

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