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Durham, NC, United States
My name is Veronica and I own Southern Gold Leaf Cakes. I opened my home-based business in 2008. I am a licensed and inspected home bakery specializing in custom cakes. Since all cakes are made to order there are no frozen cakes here, only fresh and only home made. I am a self-taught baker but I have a strong art background with years of baking experience. It is the most rewarding feeling in the world when you can apply your skills to do something you love. To see my cake creations and view our yummy menu visit us at www.southerngoldleafcakes.com!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mike Petilli and MVP Insurance

This blog has nothing to do with cakes but about a great business acquaintance and someone who has helped me tremendously.  When I first came to Mike and MVP insurance it wasn’t for my business, it was for my personal insurance needs.  In one phone call and a few emails Mike was able to analyze our home and auto insurance needs showing us where we were lacking and what we needed.  He was also able to save us money while improving our coverage.  In the span of a few short days (if that long) we were newly covered and seeing a difference in our monthly budget.

 When I  needed immediate extra coverage, I immediately panicked.  Then I called Mike and explained my situation.  He personally handled my need for coverage with the same urgency that I felt.  He was able to get the insurance that met my needs, stayed within my budget and he did it in less than 24 hours.  The paperwork I needed was available to me the same day and I was able to move forward with the needs of my client.  This level of service is almost unheard of in this day and time.

Rrecently I was able to visit Mike and his staff at their office in Apex, NC.  I had spoken with many of them on the telephone from time to time and they were just as welcoming in person as they were on the telephone.  Mike took the time to sit down and talk with me about some of my future projects and even gave me a little counseling on running a small business.    I cannot thank Mike and his team at MVP Insurance enough for what they have done for my personal insurance needs and my business needs.  I have recommended and will continue to recommend MVP Insurance to anyone who is looking to compare their rates on any type  they may need. 

You can find Mike and his team on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/MVP-Insurance-Group/100925366615158?sk=info#!/pages/MVP-Insurance-Group/108676249189973  You can even see some great work they did for me at this link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KgwIvOsVKA&feature=youtu.be.  I see a YouTube channel in my future.

Anyway, if you have needs large or small for insurance, whether you are looking to compare rates, add coverage or whatever your specific needs may be, give him a call or visit their website
http://www.MVPinsurancegroup.com or call 919-387-2048.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What flavors do you have? (a sort of random thought process)

**I give disclaimer now that this particular blog seems to ramble a bit, seems disjointed and is possibly a list of random thoughts...some days that's just how it is.**

What flavors do you have?   Hmmm...I've worked very hard to put together a starter list of flavors on the website to get interested clients started.  I'm going to read that same list to you when we talk. and know that there are as many cake flavors as there possibilities. 
I've come to understand after a few minutes of conversation that many clients have been in the "it's standard" and "everybody does it this way" category.  They are given to believe that they can only have one cake flavor or they will get a ton of extra charges thrown at them (see my friend Kara's post on this and other cake lies at http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2011/06/cake-lies-that-liars-tell.html ).  Digressing....

So what cake flavors do I have?  A quick browsing of the website will show at least a half a dozen flavors that classic starters.  Chocolate, vanilla, yellow, carrot, red velvet (a staple), strawberry...but just like a box of 96 colors of crayons there are that many and more flavors of cake you can create.  There are combinations that can create a whole new taste.  There just isn't an easy way to answer this question.  I thought by asking, "what are your favorite flavors" I would get a more narrow path to pursue.  Sadly, I was met with, "I don't know." 

My short version for today, I suppose, would be this:  remember that not everyone in the cake business is going to "do it this way."  Rather than ask what cake flavors (frosting, filling, etc.) I have, think about what you like and ask instead ask, "Do you make (insert flavor choice here)?"  Chances are that even if it's not listed it is completely doable and can lead us to other flavors you may not have thought about or a combination you might like to try. 

So remember, ask not what flavors do I have but with your flavor choice in mind, what flavor can I make for you!