Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • 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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  • Winners celebrate – losers read the rules

    We just visited a fun place in New York- Junior’s Cheesecake, the original Brooklyn location….the picture is their counter and you can see the sky high lemon pies in the window…amazing and well worth a visit. Andrew and I love the saying, “winners celebrate and …

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  • Falling close to the tree

    There are pros and cons to being the youngest child in a large family. The biggest advantage is that by the time you come along, your parents have basically had enough of the discipline thing. My oldest brother is fond of saying that we were …

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  • Cakes by Prairie Girl

    I’m really excited by the thought of launching a new division this fall!! And nothing makes it seem more real than to have a senior cake designer ready to join us this fall- Julie Montgomery – and a new logo! Julie is a really terrific …

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  • Email purgatory

    For his birthday I gave Andrew a vintage typewriter. It’s really cool but to actually use it is a pain: you need the right ribbons and the right paper and most importantly, don’t make a mistake! There’s quite a process to fix an error. But …

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  • Write It Down!

    I’ve always been a write-down-my-goals person. And lately I’ve come to believe that writing down aspirations, intentions and random thoughts that pop up can also be an “influential” thing to do. Even without worrying about  how-when-where-what, I think our subconscious gets going when we write …

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  • More than just words

    Yesterday I was stopped in my tracks as I walked by the edible printer – there were 8 toppers with the photo of a beautiful cat – it must have been the cat-crazy owner’s birthday! I had to snap a picture of this handsome tabby. …

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  • Hey, you look like…!

    At opening time last Saturday, our customer service person unlocked the door and was just about to say to the waiting customer, “Has anyone ever told you  that you look like….[fill in name of Canadian well known figure]?”, when he said, “I’m here to pick …

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