Spreading smiles from home to business and beyond! A Tribute to Moms.
This month we thought we would shake up the blog a bit from our informative "how-to" format and instead showcase a passionate and hardworking mother-daughter duo baking up smiles in British Columbia's lower mainland! Let us introduce you to Tracy Dueck and Jessica Harrison (Tracy's youngest daughter) of Tracycakes Bakery Cafe.
Growing up in a family consistently on the move, Tracy longed for stability. After marrying the love of her life, it was time to put down some roots and focus on raising the family she had always wanted. Always a host at heart, Tracy was that mom who loved to spend time in the kitchen experimenting with recipes and sharing her stylishly plated creations with friends, family, neighbours…you name it!
With the support of her family and daughter Jessica prepped to bake at her side, Tracy boldly stepped from her home kitchen into a commercial one and opened the doors to her first Tracycakes location in Langley in 2006.
Bitten by the baking bug at an early age, Jessica thrived in the trial and error opportunities of learning to bake in her childhood home. Eager to enhance her skills, she registered for an apprentice program while in high school that allowed her to work with a Red Seal chef and inspired her to enroll in a culinary arts program. Today, Jessica works as Tracycakes' Chief Operations Officer and keeps all aspects of the business running smoothly between each of their two lower mainland locations.
This duo's art for relationship making and their love of getting to know those who grace their store is inherent. The welcoming feel and relaxed, social atmosphere at each location portrays a little hint of what you would expect to find in attending a function at either of their homes. Their business model promotes taking time to sit, relax and indulge with others and experiencing their signature High Tea ticks all of those boxes. Whether you book a table to enjoy in-store, or pick up your High Tea to go, what isn't there to love about tiers of sweet and savory offerings and connecting with others?
The ability to be passionate about something promotes a feeling of positivity and purpose. Being able to share your passion with others exemplifies that feeling. Moms hold a vast variety of roles and manage an array of responsibilities within their households, place of work, and community. Mother's Day is a celebration of their commitment, influence, and contribution to our society. Whether subtle or loud, be sure to make an effort to show your love and appreciation this May.
When asked what she would recommend to readers on how to treat mom this upcoming Mother's Day, Tracy replied, "If I could have one more day with my Mom (who passed in 2016 and will forever by my hero), I would hug her fiercely. I'd buy the biggest bouquet of flowers and thank her for loving me." Mother's Day has always been an important day to Tracy. Having the privilege of being able to stay home while her children were young was an opportunity that she wouldn't change for the world. "Motherhood is one of the hardest and most meaningful jobs in the world," she said. "We're raising future game changers and world shakers."
We are thrilled to have been able to share a little bit of Tracy and Jessica's story with you and hope that you will go out and find similar stories within your local communities…or possibly find ways to share your own. What came from Tracy's drive to make others around her feel cared for and loved inspired her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Who knows, maybe Jessica's new bundle of joy (she is due with her first child ON Mother's Day 2021) will be bitten by the baking and hospitability bug - further continuing its evolution.