Jules Bakery, Inc. recognized internationally for strength in Leadership
Modern Baking Magazine, an international industry journal, recently recognized Jules Bakery, Inc. for its leadership in management. According to Juli Hardin, CEO, this award is icing on the cake. "Our team has taken the Cedar Rapids area by storm over the past five years by introducing fine tasting desserts and cakes to our community. We have taken the lead in meeting the desires of our customers, in creating gourmet desserts for people who know what good taste is and what tastes good."
Jules Bakery team has taken risks and put our company out there with eclectic desserts that many people think are only available in the big city! Our leadership in using only the finest ingredients has shown that sophistication is not about location. It's about knowing your business and creating only the best. The industry leadership award credited Jules Bakery for its teamwork structure and cross training. "Each person on our team has equal responsibility and empowerment to help clients meet their dessert and celebration needs," said Hardin. "We either do it together or we don't do it."
In addition to being grateful, Hardin said she was actually surprised to receive the award this early in the bakery's career. "When we see bakeries in business for four generations, five years is infancy! To be acknowledged this early in our career speaks volumes for our accomplishments and vision. What an amazing beginning we have had and this award is truly the icing on the cake."
Jules Bakery, Inc. Nominated For Entreprenuer of the Year
The Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced Jules Bakery as a finalist in its nominating process for Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. At the inaugural Gala, Chamber of Commerce staff and members joined with other business leaders in the community to honor small businesses and the spirit of our community. "It is simply an honor to be recognized after all our hard work at building a successful business, " said Hardin.
Jules Bakery Announces 100% Smoke Free Milestone
Juli Hardin takes great pleasure and pride in announcing that the business is 100% smoke free. "Not only is our facility smoke-free but so is our staff," said Hardin. "The healthy environment is good for our team and for our customers." As a result of the new focus on being healthy, several team members were awarded with bicycles and the Bakery Babes have taken to the trails! 2010 marked our first team rides, including the Labor Day Mayor's Ride in downtown Cedar Rapids. Next on the list will be half marathons for several team members. Hardin said she'll stick to the bicycle!
Juli Hardin Appointed to Recreation Commission
Mayor Ron Corbett announced recently that Juli Hardin of Cedar Rapids has been appointed to serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Cedar Rapids. Hardin will bring her extensive community experience and public affairs interests to the appointment. "With the flood of 2008 directing much of our current resources, the Parks and Recreation Commission is in a unique position to add to flood management through green space and well-planned river recreation," said Hardin. In addition, Hardin's interest in continuing trail and parks development means she will encourage her team to be ambassadors while riding or using the City's trail system.
There really is a Jules, which is a nickname for Juli, our owner. She has been creating and designing cakes and recipes for over 30 years and now offers her cake creations to the wonderful people of Cedar Rapids and Marion. On December 18, 2001, she opened Jules Bakery to fill a need in the community for a place to buy great tasting cakes, cookies, desserts and cheesecakes. Word spread quickly through the community that the team at Jules Bakery creates delicious cakes, beautifully decorated with outrageously awesome frosting. Over the past six years we have made hundreds of new friends who now include Jules Bakery in their birthday and special occasion traditions.
Juli grew up in the Cedar Rapids area, graduated from Washington High School in 1974, and earned a business degree in public relations from Mt Mercy College. As a young adult, she moved away twice and experienced life on both the east and west coasts. In 1988 she and her family lived in the United Kingdom where she gained a new appreciation for European desserts. The results can be found in our profiteroles (cream puffs) and choux pastry desserts such as Coffee Renoir.
Before opening the bakery, Juli was with the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce as their vice president of communications. I always knew that someday I would have my own business and I wanted it to be a bakery, explained Jules. I spent several years dreaming and two years diligently researching our business model and writing the business plan. Her experience with the Chamber instilled in her a belief in the vibrancy of the greater Cedar Rapids region, in its economic well being and its business climate.
Delicious cakes and desserts are the result of a fantastic team. We share the same goal -- to serve our customers only the best and the highest quality baked products made with only the best ingredients. Our attention to customers and quality shows in the amount of comments we receive. Because of our strong mission to offer only the highest quality goodies, rarely do customers have complaints. Instead they tell us, Oh my goodness! I had your cake last week and it was awesome. We really do encourage customers to tell us what was wrong since this is how we learn and adjust, but we don't get very many unsatisfied clients.
Jules - How many people can say they love their jobs? Jules can and her passion shows in every inch of the bakery. Each new customer (especially the bride and groom) becomes extended family. While is doesn't get into the kitchen to bake as often as she used to, she still oversees every aspect of the bakery management and the design of wedding cakes.
Julie C is our lead designer, with her new and innovative designs perfect for any special occasion. While it can be confusing having two Julies -- both of whom decorate -- she is the one on the day-to-day decorating table, creating your masterpiece birthday cake. this year, Julie has added new elements to her designs by incorporating new and popular techniques that include fondant and sculpting work.
Kasey - talk about tenacity, Kasey wanted to work here badly enough to apply three times. Finally we had a spot for her and she has become a glimmer of magic for us. she is quirky and full of spunk. She had talent galore and has shown us only a small bit of her decorating skills along with her acrylic painting pastime.
Michelle - And now Michelle has joined the team and is baking up a storm. Unfortunately we taste everything she bakes in order to assure quality. Can we just not talk about the taste testing part for right now?? We are delighted to have Michelle with us and look forward to helping her devourer her goodies. Juli has given her a couple of new recipe ideas to test her creative side. Stop by and help us taste test anytime!
Cadry, Ella, Lindsay, Allison and Hannah are the ladies who greet you everyday with smiles and humor! They know that when we stop having fun at our jobs, we stop.
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