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  • Chaos

    I’ve been meaning to write for two weeks…but the problem is finding the perfect time to write a perfect blog. There has been none. I was just about to move “Write blog” from my Friday to-do list to my Monday to-do list when I thought, …

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  • Consumer Behaviour around Cookies and Such

    A couple of months ago, a student of the Rotman School of Management, Kristine Co, asked if she could interview customers in our stores as part of a project regarding consumer behaviour, specifically whether people decide what they want before or after they enter a store. …

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  • More on striking out

    In the summer I wrote about the difficulty of decision making –  really knowing if something will “work”. All signs can point to something being popular with customers and for some reason, it isn’t – or vice versa. Often it is about timing. Ten years …

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  • Blacklock Counselling

    In the months between leaving the bank and deciding to open a bakery, I considered several other ideas: going back to law, becoming a speaker/writer on estate issues and training as an estate mediator. I also met with a couple of psychotherapists about their work …

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  • And now for the Butter Tarts!

    The idea to launch new menu items arose from our May strategy session. After brainstorming awhile, we used the time-tested “red dot” approach to choose 6 ideas to move forward right away. [In case you don’t know what the red dot approach is, each person …

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  • Floating cupcakes

    I don’t think I posted last week because we have been knee deep in cupcakes for the photo shoot for the cookbook and also the new menu items. Christina and I started the shoot on Sunday the 7th and we worked straight through until 4 …

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  • The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook

    One time on the farm, an ice cream manufacturer asked my parents if they could film a commercial. It involved two kids in “Prairie outfits” running up the stairs of the old farmhouse behind our house and then eating ice cream on the step. Of …

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  • Striking out

    Andrew mentioned recently that I have not written a post on the randomness of success with new ideas.   I agree – maybe I’ve been hoping that one day I will figure out how to predict if a new idea will work – and write …

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  • Outpost Vintage & Thrift

    Starting a business of one’s own usually has an inherent “but“. I know this from personal experience because until I had actually left my corporate job, I thought I’d love to be an entrepreneur “but” working for a big company gave me steady income in …

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  • The Flintstones, Meet the Flintstones…

    I’ve never been very attached to television. Growing up with four siblings, we had one tv and one phone, so access to both devices was limited and as well, Saskatoon had two channels: 3 and 8. I don’t know what happened to Channels 1, 2 …

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