Fresh off competition win, Sweet Encounter to bring culinary classes, bakery to Lansing’s downtown

When Nikki Thompson Frazier was growing up in Muncie, Indiana her family’s kitchen was a playground. She spent her time there, baking and cooking alongside her mother.

Sweet Encounter Kids Culinary Academy and Bakery owner Nikki Thompson Frazier at a recent event in Lansing. The business will open a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Lansing this year.

“My mom used to say I loved pots and pans more than I loved my toys,” Thompson Frazier, 44, said. “I always played in the kitchen as a kid.”  She never lost her passion for food, but it would be another three decades before Thompson Frazier would make a career out of it.