Sweet Treats – GirlsandCake
Candace Mayer never dreamed she would be where she is today. After earning a business degree but never imagining owning her own shop, she took to working a full time job. After having her first daughter things took a turn with her future plans. Her daughter’s first birthday cake was nothing impressive and Candace took to the kitchen at her home in Detroit. She started to experiment with fondant and began making specialty cakes for her family and friends’ showers and birthdays. Pictures were then posted on Facebook, which Candace now attributes her business to, and people began to comment and then contact her. Through Facebook, word of mouth, and good friends such as Tara Swain and the Paris Baby ladies, Candace began taking orders. Because Candace has repeating customers and her talent has taken off, GirlsandCake was her next step.
GirlsandCake will open on Monday August 8, 2011 in downtown Paris, on the corner across from the Green Boutique and the Dollar Saver. Candace will offer a variety of cupcakes, cake pops, and cake jars each day in addition to a few specials. Hours will be Monday through Friday 11-5:30, Saturday 10-3, and Sunday by appointment only. In addition to these hours, kids’ birthday parties will take place on Saturday and Sunday and small wedding parties and baby showers can be booked. Candace offers two kids’ birthday packages which include baking/decorating cupcakes. Children can go home with personalized aprons and chef hats, rolling pins, cookie cutters, and much more depending on the package. Candace also provides the invitations, drinks, birthday cake, and supplies for the parties. Both birthday packages have a base price of $150.00 and then a small fee for each child participating. There is a minimum of five children for birthday parties.
Other prices begin at $14.50 for a dozen cupcakes, $15.00 for basic cakes, and $65.00 for tier cakes. Depending on the style, flavor, and time spent will depend on how high the price but Candace likes to stay reasonable and affordable for everyone. In addition to affordable prices, Candace prides herself on the freshness of her cakes. Grocery stores in town have cakes and cupcakes shipped to them frozen and then the store frosts them. Candace always bakes them fresh and begins planning them only a few days in advance. Customers can let Candace know of the birthday date in advance but really only needs a 2-3 day advance notice on sheet cakes and 4-7 days in advance for specialty cakes.
Candace has several future goals for GirlsandCake which includes expanding and party planning but for now, the shop (a children friendly environment) is top priority. Come meet Candace at GirlsandCake during her grand opening, have a cupcake or two, and start planning that party!