Sprinkles of Joy bakery may just help us survive 2020
A raging pandemic. Political unrest. Economic strife. Separation from family and friends. Rampant malaise.
When will it all end?
Maybe consuming a tasty baked good — or seven — is just the thing Newbergers need right now at the end of what has turned out to be a very challenging year.
In response, a mother/daughter team with passion for sweets and service has stepped in to help.
Karen Pratt, 54, and her daughter Kelly Pratt, 28, opened Sprinkles of Joy bakery in late November in the former Newberg Bakery location at 621 E. First St.
"Yes, we were worried about starting a venture during a pandemic," Kelly Pratt wrote in an email. "Everything is so uncertain, but people still need to celebrate birthdays and we still want to bring joy to people, so we are pushing on."
A background in flour
Kelly Pratt's baked goods journey started early in life. It stretches back to a gift she received when she was 9 years old, an Easy Bake oven that prompted her to undertake her first tasty creation — a birthday cake for the family dog.
A fan of the Food Network's "Ace of Cake," "Cupcake Wars" and other food and bake goods-related shows, Pratt was inspired to start baking and decorating cakes for special occasions at her alma mater, Sherwood High School. She visited bakeries throughout the Portland area, then — after graduating from a community college with the business skills she would need in the future at her own bakery — continued her education at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Portland. When not learning the art and technical skills of various baking specialties, she worked on staff at Kyra's Bake Shop in Lake Oswego, where she started as a baker/cake decorator, but eventually rose to a management position.
She graduated from culinary school in 2016, then began teaching baking classes at the Phoenix Children's Academy in Portland, all the while crafting and selling her desserts at markets in the region.
"Started in 2016 making cakes out of my home," Pratt said in an email. "2017 was when I rented kitchen space and started doing farmer's markets, but last year was when my business took off having a storefront display window at Fat Milo's restaurant in Sherwood."
Karen Pratt was there all along to support her daughter's aspirations.
"My mom has always helped me at farmer's markets, and in the kitchen when I needed it, so it was a natural partnership," Kelly Pratt said.
It wasn't necessarily Karen Pratt's dream to open a bakery, but her work experience as a secretary, lunch lady and preschool teacher have proven invaluable. Her bookkeeping and customer service skills have been particularly valuable to her daughter as she has assisted with brainstorming, packaging, shopping and selling baked goods at markets.
What's on the menu?
The pair explained that Sprinkles of Joy will regularly feature about 12 menu classifications, including various flavors of cupcakes, classic cookies, gourmet cookies, scones, coffee cakes, muffins, macaroons, cinnamon rolls, whole and individual slices of cake, as well as cookie decorating kits.
"We hope that they have a sense of home when they walk in our storefront (we have family pictures of us kids growing up with birthday cakes and old recipe cards from grandparents) and they leave with a little bit of joy from your sweets," Kelly Pratt said of her customers.
The business will also concoct made-to-order cakes for all occasions, seasonal treats throughout the year and teach kids decorating classes once the pandemic is over. They may soon also offer flavored sodas and hot cocoa.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, visit the business's website at sprinklesofjoy.net or search Sprinkles of Joy on Facebook and Instagram.
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