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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...

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...

Sticky

Some time back, I was having one of those weeks when nothing seemed to be going right. The best thing to do then, in my experience, is to bake. And for a really therapeutic baking experience, the best thing to bake is sticky buns, mostly because sticky buns are the absolutely best baked good in the world, plus it is hard to find a good sticky bun, and lastly, there is something about the kneading...

The outside looking in

It’s already been four months since PGB closed. Being away from the foodservice business has frankly been a relief.  Those businesses that are continuing to survive and even thrive…wow, I mean, it is really impressive. During this time away from being in the business directly, it has been interesting to watch what is happening in the industry and the trends. Here are some of my observations: No...

An Easier Answer

In my last post I mentioned a few of the things I learned owning Prairie Girl Bakery. But if I do in fact plan to make use of that knowledge, I need to write the qualitative part of a business plan. Based on what I have learned about the foodservice business, I’ve cobbled together a quantitative forecast for a new business. Now I need to write it out, to add all the details of what, when...

Déjà vu

Feels a bit like 2009.  I had just left my job at a big bank, got married, and was trying to find myself. Now I have wound up my business, would marry my husband again in a heartbeat, and am trying to find myself. In 2009, I did all sorts of things to convince myself to do the smart thing, career-wise, something like going back to law, becoming a mediator or taking a job at another bank. But I...

magical moments

I was carrying a lit Muskoka Candle Company candle from one part of the house to another yesterday and a memory popped into my mind: Christmas Eve service as a kid at the part when everyone in the church holds a lit candle – the plain, white kind that churches buy in bulk – and the lights are turned off. It may have been one of my favorite times at Christmas, a moment of collective peace before...

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