C7. Over & Out

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My office at the bakery is tucked away from the main action. I have a window & can peer out through shelving to try to see why people are laughing or to get a glimpse of what people are up to, but for the most part, when I'm trying to be a ...read more »

The Craigslist ad that will never be

Monday's To-Do List

We're in the process of trying to expand The B Team by adding a second shift. I put an ad on Craigslist last month during the holiday frenzy, and ended up having to put everything on hold because I didn't have enough time to focus on interviewing, ...read more »

Your duct tape is better than ours

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Dear Matt Damon: You don't know me, and I'm hoping you can help me with a tiny situation. My name is Karen & I own a bakery. At any given moment, I am a pastry chef, cheerleader, dish washer or maintenance person. There is a lot of machinery ...read more »

The Closet

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  I have a friend who just gets me - she knows I have limited time, and never holds it against me that she does more of the reaching out than I do. She usually calls me once a week while she's driving into work & I'm doing something ...read more »

2017

2017

Dedicated to R.M. I have been thinking a lot about 2017 and the start of a new year. I am ready for a fresh slate, and welcome the opportunity for renewal. In the past, I have always publicly shrugged off New Year's resolutions. They felt like empty ...read more »

purple gloves

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Life as a business owner can be interesting when you're not born a business-minded person. Where as some business owners may look at life through dollar bill-colored lenses, I view everything in terms of cookies, doughnut muffins and gloves. Yes, ...read more »

The Red Apron

'A Very Grampie Thanksgiving'

One of my greatest joys is the circle of friends whom I have been lucky enough to meet because of my business. Some of these relationships go way back, past the beginning of Bisousweet, beyond the days of babycakes and confections, and even before my ...read more »

#bakerylife

Pumpkin Pies

I've been thinking a lot about writing, but thinking doesn't always translate to action. My office is a mess and arguably could be called the war room. Production plans are scattered over my desk and the calendar rests on the floor with eraser marks ...read more »

For the Veterans

For everyone who has served to protect our country, we cannot thank you enough. My connection to veterans changed in 2015. It was the year that my son cycled across the country with a group of fellow classmates to raise money for Ride 2 ...read more »

Faith

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Like so many, I am consumed with the results of the election and the impact it is having on our country. In many ways, I feel like we have moved in next door to Alice in Wonderland; nothing makes sense. What is real? What do we know? What do ...read more »