Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — _US Small Business Administration_What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?What was the inspiration to start or run this business?What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?What’s your favorite part about your job?
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Shancakes is the only fresh made to order bakery around. We offer 41 cake flavors and 29 gluten-free fresh baked flavors. We also offer sugar-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and vegan options.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I began posting photos I made from home on Facebook and Instagram. People instantly wanted to order a cake, so within 3 months the first licensed Shancakes location was born. Thousands of customers later, we are happy to be in our second 2,500 sq foot location that offers a private space for birthday parties and cake decorating lessons.
What do you love most about your job? Making people happy. When people pick up their cakes and I can see a smile on their face, it makes my day and I feel accomplished.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? A woman picking up a giant minion cake for her daughter cried when she saw the cake. They were tears of joy of course.. and I started tearing up too. I will never forget it.