Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • 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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  • Family brunch

    I had a bit of an epiphany on the weekend. We had a brunch for Andrew’s family and for the better part of Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, I was busy happily making my famous (in my mind) candied bacon, cranberry scones, sticky buns, 24 …

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  • UBER eats

    On Thursday, we’re being featured on UBER eats and I am uber excited about it and hopeful that our 100 six-packs of mini cupcakes sell out fast! It has been fun working with the UBER team  – they’re high energy and responsive. We’ve also been busy …

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  • What to Keep, Stop, Start

    Andrew’s back! His two-month course at Harvard is over so he and his jam-packed suitcases returned last Thursday. Although we have seen each other regularly for 1 or 2 day visits, getting back to our normal routine feels great. “Normal” includes Andrew’s early morning Starbucks …

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  • Employee Appreciation Week!

    Trixie, our edible printer, and the whole team had a busy week last week – it was CIBC’s Employee Appreciation Week and we were very happy to be involved with some of the Toronto-based festivities. I think that some of the toppers (and maybe cakes?) …

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  • 5 year plan

    As I write this, it is Mother’s Day 2015 and it was a busy week for us leading up to today. You can see above one Mother’s Day cake idea we offered. At the 3-month mark of owning the edible printer, I’d say it is …

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