Jeannette’s Custom Cakes was founded in January 2010.
Jeannette is a graduate of the graphic design program at Sault College and spent the first few years of her professional life working at local businesses and institutions as a Graphic Designer. Jeannette found her passion and spent her first three years in business teaching herself new cake decorating skills. Working from a small table in her home’s kitchen, she continued to grow as a cake artist. A $25,000 NOHFC Young Entrepreneur Grant allowed her to build a full bakery in the basement of her home where Jeannette’s Custom Cakes creates beautiful edible art today. In 2011 Jeannette was approached by a production company representing the Slice Network to appear on the premier season of Cake Walk, an 8 hour wedding cake competition reality show. In 2012 Jeannette was the successful recipient of the first Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, an honour she cherishes most of all of her accomplishments.
Jeannette is proud to own a business in Sault Ste. Marie. Although the allure of moving to a bigger market is appealing, Jeannette is a true Sault girl. Born and raised here, she attended Sault College graduating in 2003 from the Graphic Design program. Jeannette has worked with the EDC’s Enterprise Centre and other groups promoting Entrepreneurship on a number of occasions, providing advice and insight to keep entrepreneurial talent in the North and to help develop and encourage young entrepreneurs. Jeannette also supports causes she feels strongly about and knows are integral to supporting the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie. She has supported numerous organizations such as Buskerfest, Habitat for Humanity, the Lung Association, Kiwanis, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Group Health Centre. Although her very busy work schedule often conflicts with event times, Jeannette’s Custom Cakes is a PROUD Chamber member and is excited to be involved with Strive as a member in good standing.
Jeannette’s Custom Cakes was born out of a difficult situation. Knowing the job opportunities for Graphic Designers in Sault Ste. Marie were slim, when her contract work ended, Jeannette kicked into Entrepreneur mode. She did not complain about the lack of opportunities, she took something she had a passion for, design, and something she loved, cake decorating, and set out to build “the Premier Cake Shop in Sault Ste. Marie”. While she learned many of the skills on her own, Jeannette has also travelled around Canada and the USA to learn from some of the top professionals in her field. She fails to sit back on her successes, but rather continues to develop her craft and grow her business. With strong support from the community, Jeannette’s Custom Cakes continues to grow with a buzz about town. If people are talking cake, they are likely talking about Jeannette’s.