Jean Blacklock

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A Visit to Magnolia Bakery

Andrew and I were in New York on the weekend and as we always do, we stopped into Magnolia Bakery. This business first opened in the 1990s and is still going strong. I have such admiration for the owners’ business acumen over so many years. I also really like some of their products: their icebox pies and cheesecakes are very good, in my view, and those products I don’t like as much, well, so much...

3 Things I Know (about opening a bakery)

It’s been a minute since my last post on May 17th! As I write this on July 9th, it is hard to even remember the gjillion things about the opening of Sticky on May 27th – and the weeks since then. And even if I could remember all the details, that would be a boring litany anyway. Suffice to say that the HVAC broke and then was fixed, that many deliveries were late and then replaced, that...

Coming soon…diary of a new bakery

For most of the last month, the to-do list between Andrew and me has been like those soup bowls in comedy sketches that fill up as soon as a person reaches the bottom. But – knock on wood- the website should launch  May 30th and the store open on June 1st. Yippee! This time around in opening a bakery, we are really hands-on, and in that process, we are learning so much.  As well as Andrew seizing...

Diary of a new bakery – Week 2

Our friend Peter Phoa came to the bakery last week and took this photo of Andrew. I love it. Last week in this blog I suggested just doing the next obvious thing when you have a lot to do and let me say: this is a good strategy for opening a bakery. Really everywhere you look there is stuff to do. I’m sure in hindsight a lot of it will be wrong – like when we had the brainwave before we opened...

Day 1- Sticky on St Clair

Yesterday we got the key to 621 St Clair West. For a moment it was like being on one of those reality tv shows where a crew of people have transformed a house in the space of a week. Walking into the bright, light and airy kitchen that Leah and her team scrubbed for the last week….I gotta say, it was amazing and momentarily euphoric.“Momentarily” because have you ever noticed that when fantastic...

Here we are!

After months of looking at commissaries, commercial spaces for rent, and bakeries for sale, by early December I was really discouraged: I was close to finalizing the recipes with nowhere to produce and sell them. Then I remembered Leah of Leah’s Bakery at the corner of Wychwood and St Clair. Back in 2010, I called Leah out of the blue about selling coffee in a bakery. She was so helpful and...

Coming soon (ish)!

Sticky’s Classic Banana Pudding  Yep, once again, it’s been a minute since you heard from me. (It was New Year’s Eve!  Who knows where the time has gone since then?) Anyway – I have news! I’ve signed a lease on a lovely space near St Clair and Bathurst for Sticky’s home, and everything is on track for opening the bakery this spring, “spring” being a perfectly vague term meaning anywhere...

Why You Should Stay in the Game

A month ago here, I was discouraged, something that I’ve noticed happens a lot with goal-setting – “LOL” as they say. Anyway, I wrote that I had the “what” figured out – what business? what products? – but I was perplexed on the “where” and the “how”. Well, let me say: the Universe intervened and I have news, people, not to mention 3 good reasons to demonstrate that...

3 Essential Questions for a New Business

Two months since my last post!! Sorry about that but let me say in my defense: I have been grappling with some big Sticky stuff! Overall, everything is fantastic: I am so, so excited with the website – it’s so sweet and soon will be ready to send to family and friends for a sneak peek. And the recipes, OMG, I am really happy with them. The above-mentioned family and friends are fervently hoping...

7 tips for business planning in a pandemic

“Toasted Coconut” – Original Miniature by Amy McIntee c. 2012 I have finally 97% nailed the  Sticky menu and its recipes and I am finally working on the financial forecast. It has not been a straight path – here are a handful of ideas about the process I’ve followed, sometimes with purpose and other times because I  had no clue. 1.If you can, take time to let...

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