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Jules Bakery Featured on Iowa Public Television
Iowa Ingredient is hosted by Charity Nebbe of IPTV. In December 2016, the wonderful statewide show featured Jules Bakery and its Christmas cookie baking tips.
Jules Bakery, Inc. recognized internationally for strength in Leadership
Modern Baking Magazine, an international industry journal, recently recognized Jules Bakery, Inc. for its leadership in management. According to Juli Hardin, CEO, this award is icing on the cake. "Our team has taken the Cedar Rapids area by storm over the past five years by introducing fine tasting desserts and cakes to our community. We have taken the lead in meeting the desires of our customers, in creating gourmet desserts for people who know what good taste is and what tastes good."
Jules Bakery team has taken risks and put our company out there with eclectic desserts that many people think are only available in the big city! Our leadership in using only the finest ingredients has shown that sophistication is not about location. It's about knowing your business and creating only the best. The industry leadership award credited Jules Bakery for its teamwork structure and cross training. "Each person on our team has equal responsibility and empowerment to help clients meet their dessert and celebration needs," said Hardin. "We either do it together or we don't do it."
In addition to being grateful, Hardin said she was actually surprised to receive the award this early in the bakery's career. "When we see bakeries in business for four generations, five years is infancy! To be acknowledged this early in our career speaks volumes for our accomplishments and vision. What an amazing beginning we have had and this award is truly the icing on the cake."
Jules Bakery, Inc. Nominated For Entreprenuer of the Year
The Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced Jules Bakery as a finalist in its nominating process for Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. At the inaugural Gala, Chamber of Commerce staff and members joined with other business leaders in the community to honor small businesses and the spirit of our community. "It is simply an honor to be recognized after all our hard work at building a successful business, " said Hardin.
Jules Bakery Announces 100% Smoke Free Milestone
Juli Hardin takes great pleasure and pride in announcing that the business is 100% smoke free. "Not only is our facility smoke-free but so is our staff," said Hardin. "The healthy environment is good for our team and for our customers." As a result of the new focus on being healthy, several team members were awarded with bicycles and the Bakery Babes have taken to the trails! 2010 marked our first team rides, including the Labor Day Mayor's Ride in downtown Cedar Rapids. Next on the list will be half marathons for several team members. Hardin said she'll stick to the bicycle!
There really is a Jules, which is a nickname for Juli, our owner. She has been creating and designing cakes and recipes for over 30 years and now offers her cake creations to the wonderful people of Cedar Rapids and Marion. On December 18, 2001, she opened Jules Bakery to fill a need in the community for a place to buy great tasting cakes, cookies, desserts and cheesecakes. Word spread quickly through the community that the team at Jules Bakery creates delicious cakes, beautifully decorated with outrageously awesome frosting. Over the past six years we have made hundreds of new friends who now include Jules Bakery in their birthday and special occasion traditions.
Juli grew up in the Cedar Rapids area, graduated from Washington High School in 1974, and earned a business degree in public relations from Mt Mercy College. As a young adult, she moved away twice and experienced life on both the east and west coasts. In 1988 she and her family lived in the United Kingdom where she gained a new appreciation for European desserts. The results can be found in our profiteroles (cream puffs) and choux pastry desserts such as Coffee Renoir.
Before opening the bakery, Juli was with the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce as their vice president of communications. I always knew that someday I would have my own business and I wanted it to be a bakery, explained Jules. I spent several years dreaming and two years diligently researching our business model and writing the business plan. Her experience with the Chamber instilled in her a belief in the vibrancy of the greater Cedar Rapids region, in its economic well being and its business climate.
Delicious cakes and desserts are the result of a fantastic team. We share the same goal -- to serve our customers only the best and the highest quality baked products made with only the best ingredients. Our attention to customers and quality shows in the amount of comments we receive. Because of our strong mission to offer only the highest quality goodies, rarely do customers have complaints. Instead they tell us, Oh my goodness! I had your cake last week and it was awesome. We really do encourage customers to tell us what was wrong since this is how we learn and adjust, but we don't have very many unsatisfied clients.
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