Christina's Creations Bakery - Day 2
1 cup hard work, 1 heaping cup of passion
A dynamic duo heating up in Huron, OH is a mother-daughter baking team, Christina's
Creations Bakery. Christina and Angie Edwards officially started the company in the summer of 2021, but Christina has been selling her creations since she was in the fourth grade. Christina would take her highly coveted Carrot Cake Cupcakes to the Huron Farmer’s Market where people would be waiting for her to come from school. Christina, now 17 years old, is an award-winning baker who is currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at EHOVE Vocational School. Among some of her recognitions is the Ohio ProStart’s 2022 Creative Cakes first place prize for an “Up” movie-inspired cake. Angie, her mom, has decades of cooking and baking experience that has been passed down from generation to generation. Together, they bake the perfect team.
Christina & Angie bake about 240 cookies per week!
They go through more butter than sugar, using 3 sticks per batch of cookies!
In one week's time, they use 75-100 lbs of flour!
Their best-selling treats are their cutout cookies. They are a popular ask for birthday parties, graduation parties, and corporate events. “Everyone is taking them to school nowadays instead of cupcakes because cookie designs can be so unique and fun,” said Angie. Christina and Angie are looking forward to the Christmas season because they have some exciting Christmas-themed cutouts planned including an elf on the shelf cookie! A new project Christina and Angie have started to take on is gluten free baking. They’ve recently made orders of gluten free cookies that have already been a hit in the community. Christina took her time to perfect her gluten free recipe. She says she never wants to sell something that she wouldn’t feed to someone in her own home.
Christina works very hard on her business putting in about 20 hours per week on top of school and extra-curricular activities. “There are days she doesn’t even make 5 dollars per hour but still works hard. She is passionate about what she is doing and enjoys it,” her mom, Angie said. “We are extremely proud of her for the leader she is becoming and the role model she is for her siblings and other kids in the community.” Christina’s Creations Bakery is quickly becoming a Huron staple and a great community partner. The company often donates cookies and time to fundraising events and organizations in the area including Young Life and St. Peter Catholic Church. And, if they don’t have the capacity to do an order, Angie will gladly help a customer find someone who can do it. In August, the company received the Minority Business Empowerment Team Startup Scholarship, a grant facilitated by ECEDC & RISE and awarded to new minority-owned businesses in Erie County. With the funds from the scholarship, Christina and Angie were able to purchase an edible printer which significantly decreases the time it takes to decorate cookies. Previously, it would take almost six minutes to do an intricate design on just one cookie. Now, they can print the same design on 12 cookies in less than 10 minutes. Not only can this increase the number of cookies they can make per order, but they have a higher capacity to take on last-minute cookie orders depending on the design request.
The icing on the cake is that Christina and Angie don’t want to stop here. Christina is set to graduate in May of 2023. When she does, she will have more time to spend on the business to take on more orders and look for ways to grow. If she goes to college, she plans to attend BGSU Firelands for a degree in business. The goal is to open her own storefront within the next two years, and she already has a few locations in mind. Angie and Christina recognize those who have helped them along the way including Bryan Edwards, Angie’s husband, Christina’s father, and owner of Alphabet Marketing. He handles all of Christina’s Creations Bakery’s marketing needs like website maintenance and regular posting and planning on the company’s social media platforms. With his help, Angie and Christina can focus primarily on the baking side of the business. They would also like to recognize the Huron Chamber of Commerce and Christine Crawford from Mainstreet Huron for their help in community connections and event planning. Angie is also glad to have support from the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC), The Regional Incubator for Sustainability & Entrepreneurship (RISE), and The Minority Business Empowerment Team (MBET).
Did You Know?
RISE is not only focused on current entrepreneurship but fostering future entrepreneurship as well. Through partnerships with local school districts and North Point Educational Service Center, RISE is facilitating a Pitch Competition where students have the opportunity to create and pitch a new business idea of their own. To learn more or get involved contact us today!
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