The daily question; You own a business? How old are you?
Well today I will tell you about how I came into this amazing opportunity at only 20 years old with Flirt Cupcakes.
My business partner Michelle LeMoignan and I when I first bought into Flirt Cupcakes. (2013)
I was working for Michelle and her business partner Rick for almost a year baking and looking after the Jasper Ave location before becoming a partner myself. Michelle and Rick had started Flirt Cupcakes 6 years prior to my entering the picture.
One day Rick came into the shop and told me he was looking to sell his shares, it was time for him to move on and he wanted to let me know first if I had any interest. At 20 years old I really hadn’t given too much thought into owning a business this soon, it seemed like a far away dream only attainable after years of school and planning…and money. I thanked him and told him these thoughts and that would have been the end of that. I brought this conversation with Rick up at a family dinner some time later. My grandmother then pulled me aside to tell me that all of the grandchildren are getting quite a large inheritance. She tells me I will get mine now if I plan on buying the business… The rest is history.
Cupcakes out for delivery!
I learn and grow from the business every single day. There have been many good days as well as bad ones. You learn quickly there are no sick days when the shop needs to be opened, you are the one to answer to the angry woman who asked for pink, not purple buttercream! But you are also the one to create new flavours, meet amazing people through marketing and events, choose employees that you appreciate as much as they appreciate you and so so much more.
Art for the shop done by talented friend Molly Little.
The biggest lessons were the hard slow months where Michelle and I wouldn’t pay ourselves so we could afford groceries for the shop, pay our employees, etc. Recession hits hard for small business’. Michelle and I put our heads together and pushed through some very scary and shaky times in 2015. We soon made the decision to shut down one of our locations, (a terrifying decision!), we crossed our fingers that we would lose the extra costs but not the customers. And lo and behold 2016 was our best year yet, Flirt Cupcakes is flourishing! I cannot wait to see what 2017 brings for us.
Valentine Man-Cakes from 2016.
Though I have been a part of Flirt for over 3 years now I still have so much to learn, that’s where school comes in. Very excited to bring back what I have learned and use it immediately at the shop.
Though I am still learning feel free to ask any questions or just come in and visit me at the shop any time. I love showing off what I have helped grow.
-Brianna Vallet (CupQueen)