Bak­ing dreams come true

Car­bon­ear na­tive to open hy­per-lo­cal bak­ery shop in Al­berta

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY MELISSA JENK­INS MU­SIC

When Car­bon­ear na­tive Leah Slade was four years old, she re­ceived a child’s play oven. That oven would be the start of a life­long dream.

Af­ter learn­ing to make mini cakes and sell­ing them to her great-grand­mother for a dol­lar, a young Leah knew she would con­tinue her en­ter­prise. In the sum­mer, she would even bake out­side.

“I would bake out on the pa­tio, with the ex­ten­sion cord snaked out the win­dow,” she told The Com­pass from her home in Al­berta. “Hum­ble be­gin­nings.”

When she was in Grade 7 her class took a trip to St. Pierre, where she found the love of her life, a rasp­berry tart.

Af­ter hoard­ing all the tarts she could to take back to Car­bon­ear, dis­ap­point­ment set in when she found they were de­stroyed en route.

“Once I went to culi­nary school, I re­al­ized they were so easy to bake,” she laughed.

The 29-year-old at­tended the Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Canada study­ing culi­nary and pas­try arts. She also has a de­gree in busi­ness. Pas­tries are her spe­cialty.

She looks back on those early days, know­ing they shaped her pas­sion for bak­ing. For years she has wanted to open her own pas­try shop, and she fi­nally has the op­por­tu­nity to fol­low through.

New busi­ness

Last April, Leah and her fi­ancé Pierre be­gan the prepa­ra­tions to be­gin build­ing the bak­ery — Mousse Cake Sally in Knee­hill County, Alta.

“It was sur­real at the be­gin­ning when we started break­ing ground,” she said. “Once I saw

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