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It does sound tempting doesn't it?!! icon_lol.gif I actually just sent Bakerycrafts an email but I think they just deal with businesses and not just little ole me! I work part time for a local Dairy Queen decoratig the cakes, so I'm going to see if my boss ever orders from there. If so, maybe he could get what I'm looking for. We'll see! We don't have bulk barn, just Michaels and 2 small cake dec shops that are waaaay out of date on the latest! I've learned so much on my own now through books and the internet and boards that I've outgrown them! sigh
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Man...I only wish we had more. Even or party supply stores are ridiculously bare. I teach Wilton at Michael's once a week and this summer, took a summer job in a bakery, so my boss is able to get me a lot of stuff for cheaper. In Edmonton, there is a Wilton warehouse and they do have loads of stuff, so I do go once in a while.
Oh to dream....
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Can you pass some info for the Wilton warehouse? My parents are there now and if I could get them to swing by it would be great!
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J Wilton Distributors Limited
4718 76 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6B0A5
(780) 466-3174
(800) 465-7759 (toll-free)

They just had a spring sale and everything was an additional 30% off...they said they will probably have another one for the fall.
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Heehee, militant Canucks, can you imagine, haha!
When I visited Calgary, I got to meet Kiddiekakes and went to see her favourite store, PM Hobby. Wow, they have a lot of stuff! Check out any kitchen or restaurant supply stores you have in your areas, they usually have some neat stuff. Especially the stores that supply commercial establishments. If your local community college offers baking courses and such, contact them and see if they can order things for you too.
Heehee, at one time, you couldn't get Wilton products even unless you ordered from their yearbook. So we have come a long way, just not far enough, haha! There are cake sites in England that you can order from and they are actually faster than many Canuck and American sites.
Heehee, now you know how our Canadian military feels, working with outdated equipment, if any. It makes you more resourceful, trust me, haha!
I took to using car mats to make impressions on fondant so I could space out my Swiss dots. Used stencils from paint and wallpaper stores. All sorts of things.
When I first came on the Wilton site, there were hardly any Canucks, at least hardly anyone that admitted being a Canuck. Now there are lots of us everywhere. At first we got ignored on a lot of the sites, now only a few sites behave like that, not this one! Heck, there is even a site owned by a Canuck.
Is there is Jo-Ann's fabrics where any of you live? It is an American operation, I believe there is now one in Toronto. Anyway, some of the stores carry Wilton stuff and they have fabulous materials and craft supplies, especially at their Superstores. I have been to one in Syracuse New York.
Some Homeoutfitters and HomeSense and even some Loblaw's stores carry some Wilton products.
Some Dollar Stores carry stuff that is useful too, I like the Dollaramma stores. I can get organza favour bags for weddings dirt cheap. Craft stores have a lot of useful items too, in the clay molding areas etc. There are impression mats that can be used for fondant in those sections too.
Go to building supply stores like Rona or Home Depot to get plywood bases for heavier cakes cut. Also, plexiglass for buttercream transfers. Masonite for smaller cakes. You can get woodgraining tools that were meant to put fake wood grains on furniture, they work great on buttercream and fondant and such.
Paint and wallpaper stores carry "Mylar" at better prices than the craft stores. You can use Mylar to make stencils and also for making cake collars for when you are making a chocolate sleeve around the sides of a cake.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
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Some great info from all of you and Squirellycakes! Awesome, thanks! That's right, we should stick together, help each other out!
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Haha, you think we have it bad, imagine the folks in places like Saskatchewan and the more remote parts of Alberta etc. And it is even worse in other countries.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
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Does anyone live in B.C.? That is where I am from, and I am going to be making a lot of cakes next time I go home, since I'll be having my kids b-day parties up there next year, then the next year maybe my sister's wedding cake... I won't be able to bring all my supplies on the plane so I'll have to buy some stuff. I'm wondering what kind of stores they have around there, lower mainland area.

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I forgot to add, it sounds like most of you have better cake decorating places than we have here, even though I live in the U.S. now! The only place I have to get stuff is Hobby Lobby, which has a limited selection here, and Wal-mart!

Supposedly there is a cake decorating supply store in the next town, but I can't find it anywhere. My wilton instructor mentioned it, but when I emailed her to ask where it is, she never replied.

Melissa
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I have been to one in Syracuse New York.



Next time you come to Syracuse, give me a holler. There is a little known cake decorating store here too and a restaurant and baking supply place downtown that I can tell you about.
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I have been to one in Syracuse New York.



Next time you come to Syracuse, give me a holler. There is a little known cake decorating store here too and a restaurant and baking supply place downtown that I can tell you about.


Thank you! I may get down next month. I have my favourite aunt and cousins in the Syracuse area! We try to get down a couple of times a year. I call Syracuse, "God's Country" because my favourite relatives live there and so did Richard Gere, haha!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
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I've found that McCall's School of Baking in west Toronto has a lot of cake baking and decorating supplies. It's a crowded little shop that seemed to be packed with everything you'd ever need. I'm just a newbie so maybe I was just overwhelmed with everything they had. If you live in the area, it might be worth checking out.
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Originally Posted by NottawaChelle

I've found that McCall's School of Baking in west Toronto has a lot of cake baking and decorating supplies. It's a crowded little shop that seemed to be packed with everything you'd ever need. I'm just a newbie so maybe I was just overwhelmed with everything they had. If you live in the area, it might be worth checking out.


They sell on-line too. Just watch their fondant, it has yellow oxide in it and can really mess up colours if you add colours to it. Apparently it is a real problem.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #14 of 14
Hey everyone...have you checked out the web site for Country Kitchen? They even have a magazine you can get and then order via phone or email from. Great service and fast turn around time. Might want to take a look! Good Luck getting your supplies.
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