Veteran cake decorator opens Emporia party supply store

Veteran cake decorator opens Emporia party supply store
News from Emporia Gazette:

It’s been 30 years in the making, but Julie Kirby’s dream of opening her own cake decorating shop has finally come true. 

Colorful cupcake liners, rows of sprinkles, shelves of chocolates and silver cake pans fill the walls at Julie’s One-Stop Party Shop, which opened a few weeks ago at 1103 Commercial St.

Julie Kirby’s husband, Doyle Kirby, said people were already knocking at the door the day before they opened. The mechanic of 27 years and former member of the armed forces never thought he’d wind up running a party supply store.

“Being a mechanic is pretty mundane,” he said. “(This has) been her dream for many years.”

Julie Kirby, an employee of many years at Paperback Books, which shares a space with the party store, had always wanted to buy the store, but said the timing “was never quite right.”

She started decorating cakes in 1987 and spent 12 years as the bakery manager of Dillons, where she spent much of her time decorating cakes.

After going to business school, she envisioned a one-stop party shop like this one, with the addition of baked goods.

“I would eventually like it to be a place where you can find all your baked goods (supplies),” she said. “That’d be a ways down the line.

Kirby learned much about cake decorating and running a store…………… continues on Emporia Gazette

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Photographed are members of the American Legion Auxiliary Earl Gladfelter Post 268, member Martha Churchill, historian Barb Weaver, president Barb Gauntlett and member Linda Alair. Front: Members June Criss and Carol Massie. The ladies volunteered prize money and helped facilitate a bingo event held at the Veterans Administration Healthcare System in Ann Arbor recently.

MILAN — Helping veterans hospitalized at the Veterans Administration Healthcare System in Ann Arbor yell “Bingo” were Barb Gauntlett, Barb Weaver, June Criss, Carol Massie, Martha Churchill and Linda Alair — members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Earl Gladfelter Post 268.

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