A bakery in Schuylkill County just got a little sweeter and expanded with a candy store just in time for Christmas.
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. — Boxes of cookies and cakes fill the seating area of The Cake Pros in Schuylkill Haven as workers try to keep up with the surge in orders during the holiday season.
“Luckily, Christmas is on a Sunday this year, so we have the whole year to prepare, but there’s a lot to do,” said Zoe Thompson, decorator for The Cake Pros.
The workers behind the counter are putting in overtime to complete all the orders on time. Some come on their days off because they expect last-minute clients.
Knowing that they are spreading Christmas cheer makes it all worth it.
“I think it affects the business in a very positive way. You get to be a part of everyone’s gatherings and family gatherings, which is really special. People become happier when they walk in and we love putting smiles on the faces.” people’s faces,” added Thompson.
However, this Christmas is different from past festive seasons.
“We have a little more people making their own right now just to save cost, which is very understandable,” said Eileen Williams, owner of Cake Pros and Mother Bears Candy.
The past year has been difficult for all businesses, including Cake Pros. The owners closed their second Tamaqua location last August due to staffing shortages. And the prices of its ingredients have risen nearly 50 percent.
“It’s been a challenge with pricing. Our boxes have tripled, quadrupled in price, and it doesn’t sound like much, but that’s reflected in the bottom line. Eggs and butter, over $200,” Williams explained.
To generate more income, the owners of Cake Pros just bought Mother Bears Candy last week, selling candy in person and online to people in Schuylkill County and beyond.
“We’re trying to control our Amazon online business. And we’re trying to control our Walmart business. We’ve already been packing about 75 to 100 orders when we arrive at Walmart in the morning.”
Williams hopes her businesses continue to thrive after the holidays are over.
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