Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Vintage recipes

    Andrew’s Mom, Shirley, passed away a couple of weeks ago, so it has been a sad time, as well as a time to share memories about her. In the course of spending time with family, my sister in law gave me Shirley’s recipe collection, a …

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  • WedLuxe Show – 2016

    One of Andrew’s pet peeves is being wished Happy New Year on any day after January 1st. I agree with him even though that might seem a little Grinch – like. In any event, here’s hoping 2016 is treating you well so far! The year …

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  • Yearend Ramblings

    This post – likely my last for the year – will be a mish-mash of thoughts I’ve had: (1) If you can’t see the impact of what you are doing, your efforts will diminish. Since the late summer I haven’t been able to see the …

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  • Bonus time

    This is a post that presents a problem business owners face…and no clear solution. Yeah, I know, very helpful. I’ve been in touch recently with a friend, “Karen”, who also owns a small business, over the topic of key-employee compensation. It’s always on a business …

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  • Good luck, Justin!

    We should have sent the new Prime Minister a Bay Street Cake yesterday saying “Good Luck!” Parliament Hill was overflowing with optimism about the changes that are coming…but without making this a political commentary, the challenge he faces is that government (any government) is really …

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  • Great! It’s not snowing!

    I’m working at home today and the view from my window is of a very rainy Wednesday in Toronto. I need a yellow raincoat like that! I chuckled last night when the news described what was coming today as a “severe fall storm”. It’s rain, …

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  • It’s here, it’s here, the cookbook is here!

    Ok, I have no idea why the photo is sideways – it is right way up on my desktop but, somehow, it is refusing to load into the post that way. Yesterday Andrew had a crazy day but he still spent his 20 minute break …

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  • Fall rush

    I admire the bloggers who blog each and every week…I find that when I get busy, I tend to put off writing a post. Like the last 2 weeks. Sorry about that! Christina arrives next Tuesday and the rest of the week she and Julie, …

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  • …this cake is just right!

     For just under a year, we’ve sold Celebration Cakes, not to be confused with the fancy fondant-covered wedding and special occasion cakes coming in November. Celebration Cakes are home-made style cakes in the same cake and icing flavours we have for cupcakes, and in fact …

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  • A superhero in our midst

    Been a busy time at PGB! On the “planned” business front, Julie started last Tuesday and already has created 6 amazing cakes in preparation for our photo shoot October 14 to 16. The cakes are just gorgeous works of art… I think if there is …

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