SAVANNAH, Mo. — Shiela Dillman was introduced to cake decorating years ago and really enjoyed it.
Like many entrepreneurs, she dreamed of turning her passion into a business.
“I always had a creative flair, too,” she said. “It grew in my heart and in my head.”
It all came together last week, when she opened Sweet Wishes Cakery on the square in Savannah.
“It was neat to buy a little piece of history,” Mrs. Dillman said. “And Savannah has been so welcoming.”
The pink-themed shop, located at 403 W. Main, was A&G Steakhouse for more than two decades. The Dillmans purchased the property three months ago and immediately got to work.
The couple is used to hard work. Mrs. Dillman first started her business in the family home more than a year ago. The Victorian home was spacious enough to accommodate the conversions needed to create her state-licensed dream business. “I had two kitchens in my house,” she said.
But the 15 x 15 kitchen couldn’t house all the orders and there wasn’t a lot of room for production. “My business just took off so fast,” she said.
Word spread fast about Mrs. Dillman’s delicious cakes and treats. She said the majority of her customers are from out of town, some from Kansas City and Hiawatha, Kan. Yet the shop still fillls with plenty of locals coming in to sip on a cup of hot coffee and indulge in a fresh chocolate cupcake with Mrs. Dillman’s special vanilla butter cream frosting.
Sweet Wishes Cakery offers premium coffees, cupcakes, confections and brownies. But Mrs. Dillman’s main focus is cakes. And she only uses top-of-the-line, satin-ice fondant.
“All day long I’m baking,” she said. “It’s so great.”
The cakery is having a business celebration and ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. on Friday, hosted by the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and North Missouri Enterprise Facilitation.
Sweet Wishes Cakery is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call (816) 324-CAKE (2253).
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