I thought I'd send a quick hello from cake class. I'm so glad I finally did this after all these years. Too bad the boys are past the stage of thinking clowns are cool.
Each week, we bring in a cake that we then frost and decorate. This week, I was so busy I didn't have time to make the cake. So I frosted a cake pan instead. The thing is, if I were to wait until I wasn't busy to sign up for class, I don't know that I ever would have. And each week, as hard as it is to get here, I'm always so glad I did. And every time I'm here and seeing how hard the staff works in this little shop, I think about how lucky we are to be able to follow our dreams. We can do anything we want. Like the owner, Michelle did.
Michelle shopped at Carolyn's for years. She loved it there. One day when she was picking up supplies, there was a store closing sign on the counter. Carolyn had been in the process of selling the business to a new owner and then the deal went through. Unable to find another buyer, she was ready to close the shop down.
Michelle made her purchase and went out to the parking lot where she immediately called her husband, a school principal, to tell him about Carolyn's closing down. And then proceeded to tell him that she wanted to buy it. And here's the sweet part...
He thought she should too. That she should follow her dreams. So she did. And Carolyn's was saved.
That was years ago and the little shop is still going strong. And this isn't a romantic tale about how all she does is work with frosting all day and make cakes look pretty. It's actually a lot of hard work. Long hours at the shop and part-time work elsewhere to make ends meet.
But she's doing what she loves and she's filling a void in our community. There's nothing better than the service you get from a locally owned shop.
Which brings me back to class. I'm so thankful to be here. And thankful that all of us can live our dreams. Even if it is a lot of hard work.
P.S. If you love the thought of supporting little shops as much as me, you can always place phone orders from Carolyn's. They ship nationwide.
P.P.S. I have no affiliation with Carolyn's and have not been compensated in any way by talking about their business. I'm just spreading the love.
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