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With the Markham store’s opening just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about details. At this point, details are all over the place: it seems hourly that someone thinks of another detail. This detail fixation is great since so much is still in the hands of external parties like health inspectors, city officials, suppliers, tradespeople and the landlord all of whom can say that a missed...

New Store FAQs!!

Hi! On the 1st Tuesday of every month, my post will answer some of the frequently asked questions that Jenna has received over the previous month. Who’s Jenna? Jenna is on the operations team at PGB and like a couple of other people in operations (Ailish, Director, Customer Service & Catering; and Carly, PGB’s Managing Director), Jenna wears a few hats. Jenna’s hats currently are:...

Ask Anything! Series

Hi! This is the first in a monthly series where I will answer questions about starting a business. If you have a question about my experience here at PGB or about your own idea for a business, please email it to orders@prairiegirlbakery.com. Today’s question is a two-part question that I’ve been asked a lot: Why did you decide to open a cupcake business and how do I know if my idea for a business...

Expansion update!

Recently Andrew met the owner of a Canadian 85-store retail business who told Andrew to pass this along to me: opening stores gets much, much easier after the 10th store. This is good news and bad news. The good news is that apparently opening stores gets much, much easier after the 10th store. The bad news is I have stores 4 through 10 still to go. However, I have to say- this time around, I...

Intention 2.0

Last week I wrote about reflecting on intended outcomes before events, and how that has helped me. I also mentioned another way the word “intention” has floated around for me this fall. It is best summed up by a quote from Stephen Covey: “We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions” At the same time I was thinking about how we tend to give ourselves more leniency...

Intentions

Five days after my last post, I signed a lease for a new store in Markham. The realtor said that the negotiation period was extremely quick. In my last post I’d complained how long it was taking. It’s not news that I am impatient but interesting that Ali would describe that particular deal as fast. I need to  remember this because pace was also mentioned in a conversation with a...

Plodding on

Minnie, my cat, climbs under our bedspread after I make the bed, creating an unusual hill in the middle of the otherwise smooth bed. If I pet this little lump, I hear a small grumpy meow – an acknowledgement I exist, a request to go away. Looking back over the starts and stops of the last few months, I’m sure that if some mornings I’d joined Minnie under the bedspread I would...

Doing what’s in front of us

In May of 2015 I wrote here: Currently in the business we’re promoting our customizing capabilities (the edible printer’s toppers and cakes); launching the online sale of packaged frozen gluten free minis; starting to plan the cookbook launch early next year; and exploring the idea of doing more in the wedding market. It is hard to keep straight some days where each project is at – a good sign...

Decision-making

I got an email from a friend last week in which she weighed the  pros and cons of making a big change in her work life. She was very undecided and I could see why. I suggested that she try a big-decision-making technique that has worked for me. In a nutshell, it is to not decide.  I tell myself that today, right in front of me, I don’t have a decision to make, that I would be foolish to...

June & July Update

Just read my May update. I’m not sure blogs are supposed to work this way, but reading it was a nice little pep talk from my May self to my July self. Where did that sweet May Jean go? Don’t get me wrong – still expanding, still excited, but as I predicted back in May, the actual process of expanding is a lot of work and reality has set in that deciding to do something is one thing, but doing it...

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