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. “Loft 22 has the free spirit of creativity and sophistication to take our clients’ vision and events to the next level. We love innovation of design using combinations of modern and vintage charm.”
Read more about Tareka in “The Places You’ll Go.”
What is your favorite Texarkana memory?
Mistletoe Fair during the holiday season.
Where was your favorite place to eat in Texarkana?
Potato Patch on State Line. I still go there whenever I visit.
What was the teen hangout when you lived here?
Hanging out at Central Mall. Back then it was popping and you could run into everyone you knew.
Where was your favorite place to shop in Texarkana?
Were you a Hawk, Leopard, Razorback or Tiger?
My blood will always run Razorback red baby!
How do you describe Texarkana to your friends?
A very quaint and nice town to raise a family.
What do you love about Texarkana?
It is very close knit. I feel like my peers and I grew up together and created a broader family than just my biological family.
What would you change about Texarkana?
That’s easy… more high paying job opportunities.
What do you think makes Texarkana famous?
Smokey and the Bandit
What is your nickname for Texarkana?
What do you miss about Texarkana?
The familiarity of people that I have known my entire life.
What words do you live by?
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou
TXK Roots is Texarkana Magazine’s forum to highlight and honor Texarkana natives who have accomplished big things in the world. These folks may have relocated, but they took the values, education, work ethic and creativity instilled in them by growing up in this unique border city and used these qualities to blaze extraordinary trails. We asked them to share their thoughts about growing up here. No matter how far from Texarkana they may find themselves, we will always consider them our neighbors and we are proud to claim them as forever members of our extended Texarkana community. After all, “everyone is famous in their hometown!”