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Sep 15, 2016 7:56 PM ET

Archived: Karis- Sweet Sentiments: A loan helps expand a local bakery into a storefront in Garner, North Carolina

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 15, 2016


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Garner, NC, United States / Food Production/Sales
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Karis’s story

After almost 10 years in banking and customer service, the daily stress of banking seemed like a very stressful dead end. So she began baking and doing crafts as a way to relieve stress and as a charity to her local church. That was in 2006. Since then she’s developed recipes for dozens of cakes and cupcakes. She also has several sugar- free and gluten free recipes. She is a certified Wilton Cake Decorating Instructor. After gaining some confidence in her skills, she completely left the banking industry in 2012 to pursue a pastry arts degree at The Chef’s Academy in Morrisville, NC, and everything changed! While she was in school, she met her husband John, and convinced him to go culinary school. She also won Third Place in the 2013 Novelty Cake division in the North Carolina chapter of the American Culinary Federation Competition. Some of her clients include Duke University, rapper/philanthropist MC Lyte, comedian and actress Rain Pryor, Bern Nadette Stanis and Ralph Carter (Thelma and Michael from “Good Times”). Mrs. Riddick has taught private cooking classes, and small groups of students from pre-teens and teens to adults. She also has a certificate in event planning from Wake Technical Community College. In the future she wants to develop a children’s cooking show and distribute some of her delicious cakes nationally. 

This loan is special because:

It helps expand a local bakery into a storefront in Garner, North Carolina.

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More about this loan

Business Description

Cakes & Shakes, LLC (ein: 47-4502655) is a subsidiary of Sweet and Savory Ventures. Based in Wake Forest, North Carolina, we offer wholesale and retail cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, breads and tarts as well as prepared hot food items for individuals and small groups (up to 100) for public and private affairs and occasions. We also provide concession services (hot dogs, chips, pizzas, etc.) for theater/performing arts/comedy and sports events. We are raising fund to obtain a storefront in Garner, NC. We would be the only bakery shop in the area (approx. 20 mile radius). The owners, Karis and her husband John are both graduates of The Chef’s Academy in Morrisville, NC. Both are certified ServSafe® Food Production Managers, a necessary qualification for commercial food service establishments. NC Department of Health requires a ServSafe® certified staff member be on-premise during all operating hours.

What is the purpose of this loan?

With this loan, we can obtain a line of credit which will allow us to lease a 3000 sq ft. space and purchase new equipment, hire staff and offer our full menu of cakes, custom cakes, desserts, drinks and do concessions, serving an area that currently doe not have a bakery. The location is 3 miles away from 3 elementary schools and a hospital. We also offer a variety of vegan and gluten-free products to accommodate special dieting needs.

About Sweet Sentiments

Industry: Food
Years in operation: 3 years – 5 years

A loan of $10,000 helps us secure a storefront so that we can expand our business.

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