Last year I bought a Passion Fruit cake that changed my life. As I was ordering it from the Polka Dot Cake Studio I started talking to the pastry chef who was looking to hire help at the store. At the time I was still at my 9 to 5 computer job, but I was considering switching careers and saw this as a sign. I asked for an interview and the pastry chef told me to come in and meet the owner, Ayse Dizioglu. When I came in the next day to meet Ayse I was so surprised. I was ready to tell her about how much I wanted to bake, how many classes I had taken, etc., etc., but all she said was “Are you sure you really want to become a baker?” I said yes, and she said “Ok, see you tomorrow.” I was shocked that it happened so fast, and I wondered why she was willing to give a computer girl like me a job in a bakery. Looking back I believe that this meeting was one of the best things that ever happened to me, and I’m not just talking about the job.
I have spent the last 10 months working at The Polka Dot Cake Studio, but now it is time to say goodbye. The retail store is closing on February 15 and Ayse will be taking cake orders by appointment only.
This is a great change for Ayse since she can focus more on her specialty cake designs, but this is a big loss for customers and workers (like me) who love coming to the store each day. Working at Polka Dot and meeting Ayse has changed my life. She is one of those rare people in the world that has a truly generous spirit and only wants the best for everyone she knows. Ayse has been a critical part in my success, and has helped countless people like me pursue what they love and make their dreams come true. She is also a wonderful friend, and I know I will still see her far into the future. Even if I have to make an appointment to do it.
In preparation for closing the store, Polka Dot Cake Studio will be having a yard sale from now until February 15. Cake pans, utensils, dishes, furniture, fixtures, equipment and everything you can think of will be on sale. Please stop by to say bye to Polka Dot and see if there is something you need. Anything you buy is guaranteed to come with good luck, as it served a great bakery for many years.
So, as Ayse would say herself, I give many “kisses” to Polka Dot. Thanks for being a wonderful place to visit.