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Last updated June 14, 2019

Heavyn's Treats Revised Work Space

A baking area

Heavyn's Treats Revised Work Space

A baking area

$4,636
pledged of $19,179pledged of $19,179 goal
32
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 14 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 14, 2019

About


Hello! My name is Delanna Ellis-Gayles. I prepare delicious desserts that are affectionately known as Heavyn's Treats here in my charming neighborhood of Bakersfield, California. Prior to launching my Bakersfield-based bakery business, I lived in Los Angeles where I enjoyed a successful career as a craft service professional who worked as a commercial baker and caterer for the entertainment industry. My passion for cooking and baking dates back to  childhood, I have warm memories of making a yummy Thanksgiving meal, complete with dessert, at the tender age of 13.  
 

It was a dream come true when “The Homemade Food Act” (AB1616) was passed in California January of 2013. That was when I seized the opportunity to go after my life's dream of having my own bakery. With help from my family, and the support of my friends, my dreams started to become a reality. I  named the business after my first granddaughter "Heavyn" who, when was little, loved to help me make our family's favorite recipes. After all, isn't everyone's Destiny (second granddaughter) to have a piece of Heaven?

 In 2014, I was licensed  as a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) that's when I obtained all the appropriate licensing, permits and insurance to launch my business.  

There are two categories of a CFO: 

 Category A, which allows a business to engage in direct sales. 

 Category B, which allows a business to engage in both direct sales and indirect sales.

 I am proud to let you know that as of October 2018 we obtained our Category B CFO, and with this designation are currently selling cookies, candied pecans, German chocolate cakes, coffeecakes, and carrot cakes to several Sully’s Chevron stations (a Sullivan Petroleum Company) throughout the Bakersfield area. Our goal is to continue to grow with Sully’s, as well as introduce our products to other major chains. In March of 2019, Sully's hosted a grand opening of a new location and we are blessed to be a part of it. In addition to our Sully's partnership, we have several other business ventures in the Bakersfield area, including special local events arranged with the community as well as events for the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association (BETA). 

In July 2019 Heavyn’s Treats will open an official  storefront in a local shopping district that is adjacent to a major highway. 

Gratefully, customers of Heavyn's Treats keep coming back! Word of mouth is helping the business grow. Thanks to this expansion, its time to address key operational challenges that are critical to accommodate market growth. 

The primary challenge is that our home based kitchen is currently at capacity. The layout of our kitchen simply does not allow us to be as productive as we know we can be. We need to renovate and expand in order to create a larger space for the commercial kitchen. This kitchen expansion will support our rapid growth, and make it easier for Heavyn's Treats to continue its mission of providing high quality, delicious treats and desserts that are made from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients.

This is where you come in!

Heavyn's Treats respectfully requests for you to please provide financial support while we continue making irresistible treats available to our community and beyond.

We'd be grateful to have your financial help as the Heavyn's Treats kitchen is transformed.

Your generous financial support will help cover the cost of the renovation of the kitchen, commercial grade kitchen equipment including but not limited to convection range, and other necessary appliances, ingredient bins, and supplies.  

This convection range will bake approx. 6 dozen cookies at a time in a 7-10 min time frame, as opposed to the TWO dozen we have been baking  in 10-14 min. In the product details of this range it quotes "it produces -HEAVENLY- breads and pastries"  :) 


 The spending plan is as follows:

 

1. NXR 36” Range - $3,216.43 ~ Costco.com
 

2. NXR 36” Hood - $620.98 ~ Costco.com
 

3. Construction- $11,759 ~ Ball-Line Remodeling
 

4. 24x48 Work Table-$256.33 ~ McDonald Paper & Restaurant Supply
 

5. Aluminum rack (with brake)-$113.43 ~McDonald Paper & Restaurant Supply
 

6. 21 Gallon Ingredient bins -$269.33 ~ The Webstaurant Store
 

7. Various Inventory & Supplies - $500.00 ~ McDonald Paper & Restaurant Supply, Vista Print, & Paper Mart 

8. Rewards Processing and shipping - $700.00
 

9. Kickstarter Payment & Processing Fees 10% - $1,743.55
 

Total Goal Amount $19,179.05

OUR COMPETITION

There are two main bakeries in our town, Sweet Surrender and Smiths Bakeries. Its been noted that some cakes sold at Sweet Surrender appear to be similar to cakes sold by Heavyn's Treats. It is a pleasure to provide, customer reviews which evidence the fact that there's  little comparison when it comes to taste. Heavyn's Treats are delicious and the prices are fair and more reasonable than that of the competition. At this point the overhead of Heavyn's Treats is minimal compared to that of the competition. 

3-5 YEAR PLAN

Our 3-5 year plan is to expand into our first commercial retail bakery location.


Thank you for taking the time to get to know Heavyn's Treats. This is only the beginning of our sweet success of baking from scratch with lots of love. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @heavynstreats_yum



 *SEE PHOTOS AND CONSTRUCTION VIDEO BELOW:

My first Thanksgiving meal including desserts, Lemon cake and chocolate cake with pecans
My first Thanksgiving meal including desserts, Lemon cake and chocolate cake with pecans
Mini red velvet cupcakes
Mini red velvet cupcakes

Butter cake with buttercream icing
Butter cake with buttercream icing

Kentucky butter cake
Kentucky butter cake
Red velvet cake pops
Red velvet cake pops

carmel pecan candy
carmel pecan candy
Heavyn learning to make coffee cake
Heavyn learning to make coffee cake
The finished product
The finished product

Our first time delivering to Sully's, look at that smile :)
Our first time delivering to Sully's, look at that smile :)

Oatmeal with pecans
Oatmeal with pecans

Icing the carrot cookies
Icing the carrot cookies

Rainbow buttercream cupcakes
Rainbow buttercream cupcakes

Homemade strawberries and cream vanilla cake
Homemade strawberries and cream vanilla cake

Happy birthday Heavyn
Happy birthday Heavyn
Special event
Special event

Grand opening of a new Sully's
Grand opening of a new Sully's
Four layer rustic (filled with strawberries, blueberries and homemade whipped cream) wedding cake
Four layer rustic (filled with strawberries, blueberries and homemade whipped cream) wedding cake

Sweet potato pie
Sweet potato pie

Rice crispy red apples treats
Rice crispy red apples treats

Peach upside down cake
Peach upside down cake

Equality cookies
Equality cookies

Gift basket
Gift basket
Mini cheese cake shots, Red velvet and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing, and Butter cake with buttercream icing
Mini cheese cake shots, Red velvet and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing, and Butter cake with buttercream icing

 Rice crispy green apple treats
Rice crispy green apple treats

Delanna's edible fruit arrangements
Delanna's edible fruit arrangements
  Apple pie tacos (yum)
Apple pie tacos (yum)

Event ready
Event ready
Existing stove and counter space
Existing stove and counter space
36 inch NXR Range
36 inch NXR Range
Range hood
Range hood
Work table
Work table
Ingredient bin
Ingredient bin
20 tier pan rack on wheels
20 tier pan rack on wheels


CONSTRUCTION PLANS :

Project will take approximately one month to a month in a half to be completed and operational.

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Risks and challenges

There are always challenges and risk especially when it comes to construction. The unfortunate issue is that when we open up the walls we do not know what we are going to find. We have taken measures to minimize any unforeseen issues by making sure we have vetted several licensed contractors. Our biggest challenge will be when construction starts as we will not be able to produce anything in our kitchen. If there are delays with construction this may ultimately push our rewards back. But don’t worry as we will keep you posted of our progress as we move forward on this journey. To also help prevent risk, I have spread the rewards over several months. My promise to you is, when I'm 100% funded and the job is complete, I will be working diligently on your treats to get them to you on or before the promise date.

Thank you for your support!

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    THANK YOU

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    DELANNA'S CANDY PECANS

    8 oz. BAG OF DELANNA'S CANDY PECANS, A HARD COPY THANK YOU FROM HEAVYN'S TREATS MAILED TO YOU, A SHOUT OUT, AND THANK ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE

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    COFFEE CAKE

    OUR OLD SCHOOL COFFEE CAKE, DELANNA'S CANDY PECANS, A HARD COPY THANK YOU FROM HEAVYN'S TREATS MAILED TO YOU, A SHOUT OUT, AND THANK YOU ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE

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    COOKIES

    1 DOZEN COOKIES OF YOUR CHOICE (NUTTY CANDIED CHOCOLATE CHIP, CHOCOLATE MINT, SNICKER DOODLE, OR ICED CARROT W/PECANS) ONE OLD SCHOOL COFFEE CAKE, ONE BAG OF DELANNA'S CANDY PECANS, A HARD COPY THANK YOU FROM HEAVYN'S TREATS MAILED TO YOU, A SHOUT OUT, AND THANK YOU ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE

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    GIFT BOX

    16 oz. TOFFEE, 1 DOZEN OF OUR COOKIES, YOUR CHOICE (NUTTY CANDIED CHOCOLATE CHIP, CHOCOLATE MINT, SNICKER DOODLE, OR ICED CARROT W/PECANS) ONE BANANA NUT BREAD LOAF, ONE BAG OF DELANNA'S CANDY PECANS, A HEAVYN'S TREATS INK PEN, A HARD COPY THANK YOU FROM HEAVYN'S TREATS, A SHOUT OUT, AND THANK YOU ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE

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    LARGE GIFT BOX

    16 oz. TOFFEE, TWO, 1 DOZEN BAGS OF OUR COOKIES, YOUR CHOICE (NUTTY CANDIED CHOCOLATE CHIP, CHOCOLATE MINT, SNICKER DOODLE OR ICED CARROT W/PECANS, TWO BANANA NUT BREAD LOAFS, TWO BAGS OF CANDY PECANS, A HEAVYN'S TREATS T-SHIRT, (please indicate size s-2x, men or woman) HEAVYN'S TREATS INK PEN, A HARD COPY THANK YOU FROM HEAVYN'S TREATS IN THE MAIL, A GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT, AND THANK YOU ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE

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