Cakes on the Rock, an overnight success
New business in Grand Falls-Windsor a crowd pleaser
A majority of interest groups want the government to sell cannabis through a Crown corporation like the NL Liquor Corp., whereas most members of the public want to see standalone stores selling marijuana once it’s legalized.
The issue of how legalized marijuana will be sold is shaping up to be one of the most thorny issues for the provincial government to address, based on a report on public sentiment around legalization.
On Aug. 24 government released a document summing up what people said in consultations about marijuana legalization, as the province gets ready for full legalization next year.
On some topics, there’s plenty of consensus.
Most people want to see the legal age for buying marijuana set at 19, and restrictions when it comes to where people can smoke weed, similar to tobacco. Most people also think there should be additional consequences for drugimpaired driving.
But on the thorny question of where cannabis should be sold, it’s more complicated. Nearly half of respondents to the government’s online questionnaire said they think it’s fine to sell marijuana in places that also sell alcohol, but nearly as many people — 43 per cent — were opposed to that idea.
And while public interest groups like medical associations, first responders and community organizations and such say the NLC should sell cannabis, regular members of the public had a far lower appetite for that.
The government needs to straighten all this out before July 2018, when the federal government has said it will fully legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
Justice Minister Andrew Parsons said on all these issues, the government will need to figure out what will work best for the province, and public consultation is only one piece of the equation.
“This is just a piece of what we’re going to do as we move forward in developing policy, legislation and regulation,” he said. “I don’t think for a second that you can look at just what the public says and making all your decisions based solely on public opinion.”
Parsons said that people should read the document and think about these issues, because people need to be aware of the issues around marijuana legalization.
“Across just about every part of this survey, people identified education as crucial,” he said.
Parsons also stressed that marijuana won’t be the answer to the province’s budget woes.
“This is not a cash cow in the early going, and I don’t know if it’s going to be a cash cow at any time,” he said. “This is not something that we can tax heavily, or it’ll go right back to the criminal market, which is what we’re trying to avoid.”
Cakes on the Rock is a new business in Grand Falls-Windsor that is turning heads and rocking the taste buds of anyone fortunate enough to have tried the tasty creations.
Amanda Mercer is a stay-athome mom who came on the baking scene just five months ago.
Mercer decided to turn her passion and creativity into a business after her friends, family and social media followers went wild for a cake she made in March for her oldest daughter’s birthday.
“Everybody went crazy over it, so then I decided I would put some up for sale,” and things snowballed from there, Mercer told The Advertiser.
Before her cake business took flight with more than 2,000 followers on her Facebook page and more orders coming in than she can keep up with, Mercer was planning to go back to work as a hairstylist.
Mercer went into hairstyling because of the creativity it involves, but found she couldn’t express her creativity as well through hairstyling as she can through her cakes, “because (the hairstyling clients) kind of have a vision of what they wanted (and) it’s not my vision.”
“(With Cakes on the Rock) they have visions for a (cake) and they give it to me and want me to put my spin on it,” she said.
In July, she received a request for a Tim Hortons cake and was given a picture of a cake as an idea. Mercer took her vision to the next level, creating a cake that generated over 1.5 million views on social media and over 7,000 shares.
The immediate success of Cakes on the Rock came as a
“I don’t think for a second that you can look at just what the public says and making all your decisions based solely on public opinion.”
shock to Mercer.
“If you had to (tell) me on Riley’s birthday (in March) that I would be selling cakes and everybody would want my cakes. I would have been like, ‘You’re hilarious,’” she said.
From the cake itself to the icing, Mercer makes everything from scratch. Being at home with two kids, she is currently making three to four cakes a week.
She is not as busy as she could be, according to Mercer. At the moment, she does not have the space to make big wedding cakes, although she has received many requests for them.
“I want to give it a year, stick with it for a year at home and if it is still going as busy as it is now, then I am going to be investing into the business,” she added.
Mercer’s creativity and passion is shown through her cakes, each one being unique from the rest. She can be reached through her Facebook page called Cakes on the Rock.
The Tim Hortons cake made by Cakes on the Rock went viral on social media.
Justice Minister Andrew Parsons.