CAKE ART BY AMY IS CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
I will continue to create cakes and cupcakes from home exclusively for existing clients. Because we have quite a bit of work to do to transition from the shop to home, WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY NEW ORDERS FOR OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER. If you would like to place an order for completion after December 1st, please contact us AFTER NOVEMBER 16th to get that order on the books.
Dear Cake Art Fans, Friends & Family,
It is with quite a bit of sadness, but an enormous sense of relief that we are announcing that we will be closing Cake Art by Amy’s doors. We will be closing the front of the shop at the end of the day this Saturday October 8th, but will continue to create custom cakes, run parties & classes and host events through Saturday November 5th. Mark and I have not arrived at this decision lightly. We have spent countless hours over the last six months debating the future of the business, crunching numbers, considering every plausible option (and many completely implausible options), seeking wise council and praying ALOT. I have poured my heart and soul into this business for the past 5 years while Mark and our children have made tremendous sacrifices and offered unending support to allow me the opportunity to chase my dream. When we signed our three year lease at the shop we set specific goals that we just have not been able to meet. God knows, it was not for lack of effort. The reality is that the emotional, financial, physical and familial sacrifices have been far too high and the rewards too low to make it worth continuing to fight the good fight of operating this small business.
It has been both a blessing and a privilege to be a small part of each and every one of your lives through what we did at Cake Art by Amy. It has been pure joy to watch your lives unfold one sugar filled milestone at a time. It has been an absolute pleasure to celebrate your birthdays, weddings, babies, baptisms, anniversaries, promotions, adoptions, victories, battles and so much more through our craft. When I told Elijah we were closing, he said, “Mommy don’t be sad, you made so many smiles with your cakes.” It was those smiles, the squeals of delight upon seeing what we created for you and the many messages of thanks and encouragement that made my heart sing. I absolutely love what I do and, though I do plan on finding a “real” job and I am closing “the business”, I will continue to create cakes at home as a hobby.
Lots of folks have asked if there is anything that they can do to support us through this time of great change in our lives. There are three things we would ask you to do! First, we have a large mound of business debt so, I am looking for a job with steady income so that we can begin tackle that debt. Please let me know via private message if you know of anything! Second, please support other small businesses whenever you can, these folks work incredibly hard to put food on their tables and a roof over their heads. The third thing is the most important.
We started this business five years ago after I lost my job. We got through a very difficult time by leaning into God and focusing on the fact that, though we were facing a challenging time of uncertainty in our lives, we lived and continue to live an incredibly blessed life filled with privilege and opportunity. Before I lost that job we made a commitment to build a home for our little girl Guerdie in Haiti and so many of you helped us honor that commitment by buying 2000 cupcakes to raise the funds. Watching God work that miracle is THE thing that got us through. We would like to go out the same way we came in, by focusing on our blessings, our privileges and our opportunities and by raising the funds to build a home for our other sweet baby in Haiti, Lorvensky. We plan to return to Haiti in May to build his home. That home will be built using 660 cement blocks and we have set up a GoFundMe campaign where you can buy a block for $8.50 and help build Lorvensky’s home! Use this link https://www.gofundme.com/2su5k2c
A huge thank you to the amazing and talented team of people who worked beside me in the trenches, bought into the vision wholeheartedly and made their own sacrifices to help build the dream. Joy, Judith, Lauren, Maria, Beth, Karen, Cheryl, Pam and most especially Maggie and Jess, I love you and cannot begin to thank you for your hard work, dedication and commitment to the dream. Thank you so much the many friends and to our family who rooted me on, held me up when I struggled to stand on my own, inspired me to keep going when I wanted to throw in the towel, lent an ear when I needed to vent, believed in me even when I found it hard to believe in myself and supported me through the last few gut wrenching months. Your encouragement and willingness to speak the truth in love have meant the world to me.
This is not a failure by any stretch. It was an amazing ride full of lots of personal growth, celebration, new and wonderful connections and a beautiful soul changing opportunity to express myself creatively. I am a better, stronger person on this side of it. This is not the first time that God has called us to take a leap of faith or asked me to let go of something that I was holding onto far too tightly. Mark and I trust that He has a plan and we know that it will be a sweet one. Pun intended.
Much love and gratitude for your patronage, support, kindnesses, encouragement and friendship.
Amy (A.K.A The Cake Lady)