NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, New Orleans-native, Mignon Francois, reflected on her life in Nashville over the past decade.
Francois is the owner of The Cupcake Collection, which has locations in Germantown and Donelson.
Francois moved to Nashville one year before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.
She told News 2 she housed family members who had to flee New Orleans during the storm, including her sisters, father, step-mother and niece.
“I think that what Katrina did was allow opportunity to be opened up, so that you could have another choice. While, yes, a lot of bad things happened, I just really choose to focus on what the positive was,” she said.
Francois said Nashville has allowed for a better life for her and her family.
“I love living in Nashville. Nashville’s always wrapped its arms around the Francois family, and made us feel like this is our home,” she said.
She said the most popular flavor at her cupcake shop is a sweet potato cupcake, which was inspired by her hometown.
“The most popular flavor pays homage right back to New Orleans. My mother-in-law inspired and gave me the idea for it. It’s our sweet potato cupcake. You just can’t live in the south and not love sweet potatoes,” she said.
For more information about The Cupcake Collection, visit thecupcakecollection.com.