Tea Cake Journey
Launching her business in the early 1900s was a heartfelt commitment and serious Financial investment for Etha. Her partnership with Joi's Gourmet Bakery owner and fellow Mississippian Dr. Bruce Allen both professionalism and publicity. The partnership allowed her to enter Baldwin Hills, Fox Hills and Plaza Pasadena malls. Resigning from teaching, drawing her retirement and the assistance of her son David, gave Mrs. Robinson's tea cakes great exposure. But those ventures with taxing on each other's personal finances and eventually caused the loss of her house and the depletion of her savings. To survive she was forced to do home study education and eventually return to teaching, before retiring permanently in 2007 (at a greatly reduced pension).