What a week!!


Last week was crazy, starting Monday when Canadian Press asked me to comment on a report about being an entrepreneur in Ontario.  I was happy that the journalist included my comment about the fear of failing being an “equal opportunity” fear between men and women. My observation has been that both men and women find running a business a little scary – and certainly small business owners new to Canada or with a disability have their own unique challenges that I can’t even imagine.

Then on Thursday we had the VIP Cake Tasting and Launch of Cakes by Prairie Girl that we have been planning so long. Huge success! I was so happy meeting customers I’d never met before but who are PGB fans with cool stories of what Prairie Girl means to them. Really heartwarming, humbling and rewarding, all at the same time.

I really had fun: we devoured dozens of Cutie cupcakes, munched our way through an entire wedding cake, and drank bubbly Prosecco before everyone headed into the night carrying a favour box of Cuties and their own  copy of The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook. It was a like a birthday party for grown ups!

And on Sunday I presented at Toronto’s Word on the Street, again to a very friendly, fan-filled audience. The audience had lots of great questions as did the Cooks ‘n Books moderator, journalist Karon Liu (Toronto Star and other publications). It was also great to meet the WOTS volunteers and sign The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook for people who had purchased it.




By last night I was ready to kick back and relax with Andrew to watch the first Presidential Debate!  No, my CNN-driven obsession with American politics that I’ve written about here hasn’t abated yet – but it was the perfect ending to a busy week!

About the author

Jean Blacklock

Jean opened the popular Prairie Girl Bakery in the financial district of Toronto in 2011. She owned and operated the business until it closed in 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s impact on downtown Toronto. Read more about her background in commerce, law, and entrepreneurship here.

By Jean Blacklock


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