The creative behind the cake
Saturday 23 May 2020
Our 25th Birthday Cake was created by local business, Thirteen Slices. In the current climate, it's more important than ever to support local business!
Whilst we are all practising social distancing, birthday celebrations may look a little different. Although we were not able to invite everyone to join us here to reminisce many happy moments at the FAC over the last quarter-century… we can still have a birthday cake! And with the help of a local business, we sure had cake (and ate it too).
Our 25th Birthday Cake was created by local business, Thirteen Slices. Anna Glodya came to live in Frankston with her husband and small son from Ukraine almost five years ago and registered her home-based kitchen business two years ago.
How did you start your business?
I never loved baking to be honest, until I made a birthday cake for my husband and he took it to work. This was the first time my baking left home and I had so much positive feedback from his work colleagues.After that, I became a bit more active on socials and local community turned out to be very approachable and people were keen on trying something new. I wouldn’t call it a proper business; however, I received Frankston Council Registration (home based kitchen). I have been doing it for about 2 years so far and both socials and word of mouth work great! People are very positive and responsive!
How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected your business?
With the COVID situation, I did get a lot of booking cancellations in the first two weeks, so I had April and May cancelled and had to do refunds. But now, this kind of situation became a bit like a lifestyle and people are coming back. They still want to celebrate their kid’s birthdays even if it is just kids and parents at home.
Have you visited Frankston Arts Centre?
I visited a few times when my son did a performance on the stage with Overport Primary. Now, I am making a proper cake for such an important event. This is all that matters for me as a mum, as a foreigner and a creator. I do remember when Frankston Arts Centre posted one of my cakes on its Instagram stories page for the first time and I was pleasantly shocked! That was a huge honour for me!
Tell us about the name of your business.
This is my son’s favourite number and when people hear Thirteen Slices they think – “why is it 13 Slices?” Easy to remember I guess.
Frankston City Mayor, Cr Sandra Mayer, cuts the FAC's 25th birthday cake.