Ken Heil prepares to put a tray
of cookies into the oven at Sweet Perfections Wednesday. The
bakery is moving from its Barstow Street location.
WAUKESHA - Ken
Heil and his wife Peggy started their bakery business inside
their home a dozen years ago with little more than some fondant
and a dream, but they were soon creating more than 50 cakes a
year for weddings and corporate functions.
realized their house couldn’t hold them any more, Sweet
Perfections Bakery in downtown Waukesha was born.
Now with the
Heils and their staff creating more than 200 cakes a year for
weddings alone, Ken Heil said it’s time to expand again - away
from their Barstow Street location.
“Our space is
very small and we’ve just grown out of it,” Heil said. “We’ve
actually been trying to facilitate a move for a couple of years
to improve productivity. Most recently though, the building
we’re in has been sold. That’s put more emphasis on us moving,
but it wasn’t unexpected.”
Laitinen decorates a cake at Sweet Perfections Wednesday.
The bakery will be moving from its Barstow Street location.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
According to the
County’s Register of Deeds, Bryce Styza Properties purchased the
building in September. No one in Styza’s office returned calls
to comment on future plans for the building.
Heil said he
plans to move into a larger facility in the spring, although he
isn’t sure where exactly that will be.
“The new move
is going to bring a lot of awesome changes for us,” Heil said.
“Number one: we started offering nationwide shipping for some of
our products. Another expansion piece will be hopefully having
more of a retail presence, and being able to provide better
product and service for our clients with the additional space.”
One thing is
for certain: Heil said he doesn’t plan to stay in downtown
Sweet Perfections Bakery at the
corner of Barstow Street and Riverfront Plaza.
for a couple of years, and the logistics just don’t work,” he
said. “We are planning to stay in the city of Waukesha, and we’d
like to let our customers to know that we truly appreciate their
long-term patronage, and hope for them to continue their
patronage with our journey forward. Without them, we wouldn’t
have this opportunity.”
Perfections has won numerous awards, including the 2011
Milwaukee Cake Boss competition and several awards through
wedding services like The Knot and Wedding Wire.
part is the fulfillment of the fruition of any project,” Heil
said. “Wehther it’s a wedding cake or a custom anniversary cake
for a client, to be able to sit down and create that special
project for them, to see their excitement and then be able to
provide that awesome experience for them - there are no words.
It’s very satisfying.”