Tracycakes offers from-scratch specialty baked goods, elegant high teas, delicious baked goods and savoury lunch favourites in a welcoming and charming space. Their two locations (Langley and Abbotsford) offer you to gather, celebrate and enjoy. For special occasions or everyday, they offer over 40 varieties of cupcakes, babycakes and specialty cakes, made from scratch, with love and butter, every day. You’ll also find lunch, fresh and scrumptious! Paninis, sandwiches, wraps, homemade soups and salads – available to eat in or take out. Treat yourself, your friends and family to Tracycakes’ signature High Tea, featuring savoury finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones with home-made jam and Devonshire cream, their signature babycakes and dainties. It’s an experience for everyone to enjoy!
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: We’re a firm believer in supporting local businesses, we believe a rising tide lifts all boats, and we spend our money in the community accordingly. We love purchasing lunch for our team, and we always do it from a local business nearby. We get to treat our team and support a local business at the same time. We lend supplies to our neighbouring businesses and we borrow things from them too.
About 65% or more of our ingredients are local. We buy local berries – On The Go Blueberry Farms or Neufeld Farms. We use Snowcap or we go to the local IGA if we run out of something. Our coffee is sourced locally from Timbertrain Coffee Roasters in Vancouver and Karla’s Special Teas in Mission. Our chocolate logos are made locally from ChocolaTas in Abbotsford.
We also buy about 70% of our services from local businesses. We purchase our dinner wear from Yes Chef in Abbotsford, Russell Hendricks in Abbotsford, and Budget Food Equipment in Langley. Our bookkeeper is an independent person. We use Revolution Resource Recovery in Surrey for our waste management. Our insurance is with Mid Valley Insurance in Abbotsford. All our packaging is Enterprise Paper in Coquitlam.
Question: What social and environmental practices are you proud of?
Answer: We strive to be a great employer. Our employees are like our family and we try to treat them right. We have 10 staff, 18 before the COVID-19 crisis, and we’re working our way back up to that. We allow flexible workplaces – we hire many working Moms and there’s the odd time they’ve brought their kids to work with them! They are busy so I sometimes make dinner for them to take home to make life easier.
For the past 3-4 years we’ve worked with the Pos-Abilities organization in Langley to hire staff with diverse abilities who might otherwise have a hard time finding work. We really appreciate the diverse abilities of all of our staff.
We donate to a lot of local causes and charities. I’m proud to support Langley Hospice Society and Abbotsford Hospice Society and Crystal Gala. My mom died of breast cancer so I’m passionate about supporting organizations that help with end of life. We also provide donations to a lot of schools. We love to support the local community, and we contribute about 1% of our revenue to local organizations every year.
On the environment side, now more than ever, because of our higher volume of takeout, we make every effort to use compostable packaging. And of course we do all the recycling and composting. We also take yesterday’s treats to the food banks in Abbotsford and Langley. We don’t have a lot of food waste but if we do we want to give it to someone in need. When we donate food to the Crystal Gala, if there are any left the next day I pick it up and drive it over to over it to the Salvation Army.
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