cserwa Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:43am
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I remember a thread about a giant store with everything related to cakes, but I can't find the thread. Anyone know the name?

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bisbqueenb Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 3:26am
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ABC Baking & Cake Decorating Supplies
2853 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix - (602) 224-5991

cserwa Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 4:11am
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Yay!!! Thank you so much! Do you have any experiences with them? How is their pricing? Are they knowledgable?

sayhellojana Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 4:13am
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I thought that they were going out of business? Is that what they were saying at the AZ cake and sugar art show or was it just advertising a sale? I'm probably wrong. Sorry.

cserwa Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 5:10am
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I hope not! I'm just planning to go down there. Scottsdale, ever personally been there??

Tortess Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 5:18am
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I was there yesterday, in fact, and I didn't any kind of indication that they were going out of business. The items seemed to be priced almost exactly like JoAnn or Michael's. But they have a far greater selection of a lot of things not available at the other two.

A lady there said her husband called that store the Home Depot for women. So I now call it "Home Deco."

cserwa Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 5:30am
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That's awesome! I cannot wait to go! Does staff seem pretty informed?

KimAZ Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 5:38am
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ABC is the only cake decorating supply store here. I've been there many, many times. They have everything and then some. Their staff is very knowledgeable and will help you with any questions. They've gotten newer products in the last year that you can't find anywhere else but online too.

They have every basic thing you'd ever need.
KimAZ

sayhellojana Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 5:44am
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Ok thanks! I'm sorry for confusing that info. No, I have never been to ABC but I have heard about it.

cserwa Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 5:47am

Ok dumb question but do they offer coupons? Like, you can get 40 percent off coupons at virtually any time for Michaels or Joannes. Does ABC offer anything? It's been said their prices are reasonable, but reasonable + 40 percent off is even better! THANK YOU!

CeeTee Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 6:13am

As far as I know they don't have coupons. They are an independently owned store and not part of a large chain. They do have clearance racks that they put by the front door which often have some pretty cool things.

sari66 Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 8:46pm

ABC is a great store, spent all of my money there every time I went. LOL I was just back in AZ a month ago and they weren't going out of business, staff is great and they always have tons of stuff to buy including cake mags.
Happy shopping!

cserwa Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 8:49pm

I am going ASAP! I can't wait!

cserwa Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 4:39am

On that note, since I have some AZ girls in here with me, do any of you buy supplies (pans, etc.) from restaurants, auctions, or any place like that? I'd like to buy a bunch of pans in the near future and am trying to find the best deal.

Jeannem Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 4:46am

I think people might be confusing the fact the Christy's Cake had her final going out of business sale and I think they had flyers to that effect at the cake show. ABC had LOTS of the good stuff.

sayhellojana Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 5:21am

THAT is the name of the place I was thinking of. Christy's Cake. Thank you so much - I'm not crazy! lol.

cserwa- I've never thought about buying from a restaurant. If you plan on buying a bunch of pans at one time, cakedeco.com has nice, inexpensive ones and they only charge actual shipping costs, but they do have a $50 min. order. With a bunch of pan's you will probably meet it. Check craigslist, too. I see pans flying around there all the time

cserwa Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 6:25am

Great tips. Thank you! Browsing now!

cserwa Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 6:37am

Great tips. Thank you! Browsing now!

glendaleAZ Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 3:21am

Hi cserwa,

You're going to LOVE ABC and the girls behind the counters theyre full of knowledge.

I live in the far NW of the Valley and will happily drive all the way to Indian School to get to that store. They have a lot of candy and fondant molds. A large selection of cake, candy, cookies, wedding, and birthday decorating books - the best Ive see anyways. And, the best thing is they keep a duplicate set at the counter, so you can view the book before you buy, and that really save $$ because you cant return them.

ABC carries pans (at least they did the last time I was there). I LOVE Magic Line pans. IMO they are the best pans ever, and the square pans will give you a sharper edge then Wilton or Fat Daddys.

Have fun shopping.

savvycakes Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 3:40am

Hello Cserwa,
I agree with GlendaleAZ. ABC is the best place to get what ever you need for your cakes. I live in the far southeast valley and I always travel to ABC for my things.

cserwa Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 1:54pm

You guys are the best! I've been wondering where all of the AZ bakers are!!! I'm in north peoria, and I'm heading to the store this weekend and am counting down the hours! I'm so excited!!! I think I'm going to look online for ML pans before I head there, just so I'll be able to compare their pricing with what I've seen online. I'm just going to bring my wish list and debit card and have at it...or maybe just a set limit of cash so I don't walk out with one of EVERYTHING...

bisbqueenb Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 2:59pm
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Originally Posted by cserwa

On that note, since I have some AZ girls in here with me, do any of you buy supplies (pans, etc.) from restaurants, auctions, or any place like that? I'd like to buy a bunch of pans in the near future and am trying to find the best deal.




some of my favorite and oldest pans came from an old hotel that was closing in Yuma.....years ago now....got them for pennies on the dollar! Thing I liked best is that they even had the odd number pans...7" 11" 13"... they were super heavy steel pans...no name on them....just had a lot of 'stuff' that took some elbow grease to clean off!

Check the restaurant supply houses in their used areas for some super deals as well!

cserwa Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 3:08pm

Should I just google "restaurant supply houses"? I want to look into auctions or used equipment, but I don't know where to start!

vickymacd Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 3:21pm

Sorry, I have no input on this posting, but that my family all live in AZ. I'm tired of our snow in Michigan, so all of you in AZ, enjoy your weather!
I'm so jealous!

Pebbles13 Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 9:25pm

I'm not a cake decorator, but I do cookies! I live in Chandler and have visited ABC on numerous occasions for cookie supplies. They have a good variety of cookie cutters, sanding sugars, americolor gels, and bags. They also have a case at the counter that has a tremendous variety of piping tips - including odd sizes like a 00. I bought some meringue powder there just to try it out and ended up throwing it away. I didn't like the way my RI turned out - too many lumps. So I just stick with Wilton's meringue powder. My sister-in-law and I make the trip there every so often and come back with way more stuff than we had planned on buying...and with big smiles on our faces icon_biggrin.gif

bisbqueenb Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 11:02pm
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Originally Posted by cserwa

Should I just google "restaurant supply houses"? I want to look into auctions or used equipment, but I don't know where to start!




Check the phone directory...maybe Craig's list in your area, watch the paper for auctions/yard sales...you never know what you can find till you start looking! Look up Google sites for auctions in your area....Finding treasures is half the fun...finding great buys is the other half!

glendaleAZ Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 11:40pm

Hi Pebbles13,

I just took a peek at you album and was amazed by the amount of deatil on your cookies, very nice work.

Tammy

Jeannem Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 2:30am

I sold restaurant equip at one time in my life--and purchased a ton of deep dish pizza pans (heavy duty alum) for next to nothing. I also love the commercial 1/2 size bun pans for baking cookies. They're a nice heavy aluminum and only cost around $10.

bakesweet06 Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 5:57pm

ABC... my niece calls it the "Disneyland" of cake decorators.

jenkosman Posted 13 Mar 2009 , 6:02am

Have any of you that have been to ABC in Phoenix seen silver non-pareils there?

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