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How did a young, newlywed account executive at an ad agency end up being a mother of two who owns and operates a wedding cake company and mail order gourmet sweets webstore? Mary wanted a change – to combine her passion for art and baking. It just made sense. For Mary, wedding cake creation was the perfect way to make something beautiful that was more than just a work of art, but delicious as well.
Sure, school was an option, but she decided that experience was way more important at that stage in her life, so, Mary experimented at home, which highly benefited her neighbors— who got to vote on which cakes they liked best, and her children— who got to eat the spoils.
Mary started Take The Cake by subletting a small area in a catering kitchen, but it wasn't long before she found herself in a bigger kitchen with a bigger oven. She initially focused on cake but truly loved all pastry. The growth of ecommerce presented an opportunity to share new products with people who appreciated high quality, delicious sweets no matter how close or far from Chicago they were. That's how chocolate gourmet came into being.
Somehow, the two companies kept crossing over, a little like country music. That was when Mary knew that this domestic partnership needed to become "official" – the marriage of take the cake and chocolate gourmet resulted in “Cake” – the destiny of two separate companies born from the same passion.
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