Dianna Strickland believes nothing takes the place of perseverance.

“I would like to encourage other people to follow their dreams,” she said.

Strickland, 43, recently opened Sugar & Spice Pastry Shop at 1930 Pinewood Drive near Sissonville. She now has the business she has dreamed about for many years.

She says her made-from-scratch recipes include only the finest ingredients. However, she said the most important thing she adds is love.

“I love what I do,” she said. “I feel truly blessed.”

She took a roundabout route to get where she is but is glad she finally arrived.