The Last Day Blues.

Sadly my semester of co-op is coming to an end quite soon; in fact today, January 21st, is my last day with Sweet Temptations. I’ve really enjoyed my time working for Jakki and Natalie and learning about small businesses. I’m going to miss this wonderful opportunity of being out of a classroom but still learning. I’ve enjoyed being in the “real world” learning about how small business’s run and expand.

At the start of semester one I thought about dropping out of Co-op, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it very much but I decided to stick around. I thought it must be better than sitting in classes for the last two periods. I had three placements I was interested in, a writing placement, a hospitality placement and Sweet Temptations. I had interviews with Jakki and the hotel, and never got the opportunity to have an interview with the writing placement. I not-so-secretly wanted Sweet Temptations and was elated when I found out that I got placed with Jakki.

Now every morning I wake up, drag myself to school, sit through math and Japanese and get more and more excited about leaving for Co-op at 11:50 each day. Admittedly it’s more physical labour mixed with a little bit of classroom type work but it’s exciting and that’s why I’m so glad I stuck around and found Sweet Temptations through this course.

The cupcakes Jakki and Natalie gave me for my Grandma’s Birthday.

Initially I was extremely awkward with Natalie and Jakki, like I am with most people I meet, but quickly I realized I couldn’thave asked for better supervisors. They don’t just want some one to come in and work for them, like free labour, they care if their Co-op student is enjoying themselves and what they’re learning about. Jakki even sat down and listened to me rant about a fight me and my best friend, Zoe, got into, something that’s not even related to Co-op but was something that made me upset.

At first I was working mostly behind the scenes at Sweet Temptations, baking, cleaning, blogging, and what not, but I got to interact with “Cup”stomers for the first time on October 12th at the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market. I enjoyed meeting and talking to customers so much, I insisted on visiting the market more. I’ve been to the Guelph Farmers’ Market three times and helped Natalie out at the University of Guelph once.

The premiere of my cupcake, at the Guelph Farmer’s Market.

I was extremely excited to find out that Jakki and Natalie wanted me to create my own cupcake. I was told to keep in mind the time of year, which was November/December, and what was popular around this season. I looked to see if some bakeries around Guelph had a hot chocolate cupcake and I couldn’t find one that did, so I decided that that was going to be my flavour. After talking about it for a bit and coming up with more ideas I also decided that I didn’t want to have just a plain hot chocolate cupcake, I wanted something a little more special. And thus was born the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate cupcake baked with hot chocolate in the batter, a salted caramel filling, vanilla marshmallow buttercream frosting, topped with a salted caramel chocolate square and a mini marshmallow.

I went to the Guelph Farmers’ Market the debut weekend of my cupcake and was surprised and happy when my flavour sold out in about an hour and a half. People were posting about it on Facebook, taking some home, or trying it right there on the spot to give me their opinion of it. I was really proud of my cupcake creation, it did so well and everyone who tried it loved it.

One of the most exciting things I’ve witnessed is Sweet Temptations Cupcakery going from a home operation to a flagship store front in under a couple months. It was really amazing to see it go from the tiny 240 square feet to the gigantic 1160 square feet of the store. Natalie and I used to bump into each other and be in each other’s way constantly and now there’s so much room in the new kitchen, it’s crazy.

All in all I’ve really enjoyed seeing Sweet Temptations Cupcakery go from tiny home based business to a pretty fair sized

Sweet Temptations Cupcakery Storefront at 1398 Gordon Street

flagship storefront. I love the time I’ve spend with Jakki and Natalie, helping them through out this semester and I’m really going to miss it.

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2 Responses to “The Last Day Blues.”

  1. Deb Leeming January 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    From the heart and very touching. You have learned from the best Kyla and will reflect back on these times throughout your future. Congratulations.

  2. Anne January 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    Awesome blog! Made me smile…made me laugh…and made me sad that this experience is over for you Kyla…..but the memory of this wonderful learning experience will be with you forever!
    Best of luck in your journy.

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