viannescakes Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 5:24pm
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Any fellow decorators in Canada, like me, get frustrated over the fact that there are so few suppliers in Canada, and they charge so much more than the US suppliers?

 

I do order from the suppliers in US, but then shipping usually costs a lot, which quite much offsets the price difference. Not to mention the custom also takes a bite...

 

Here are the Canadian suppliers that I order from - McCalls, Golda's Kitchen.

 

If anyone can suggest any other suppliers that are competitive in Canada, that would be much appreciated.

 

As for the US ones, I found Global Sugar Art is quite reasonable. But all others charge a fortune for shipping.

 

Thanks for sharing.  

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jezsie52 Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 9:38pm
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A[QUOTE]where are you fromage?[/QUOTE]

jezsie52 Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 9:39pm
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AI mena where are you from

JPepper Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 9:53pm
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I hear ya!  I go through the same thing here in Vancouver, BC!  There are two places that I have been able to find here; Michaels or Scoop and Save. Scoop and Save is about 45 minutes away and I have to drive over a toll bridge AND they're not open on Sundays!  Michaels doesn't really carry all that much. I find myself driving across the USA border to pick up things but then that is inconvenient, too, and the Michaels there doesnt always have what I need in stock. I did, however, find a great company a couple of weeks ago www.vanillafoodcompany.ca . They are based out of Markham, ON and I found their prices to be decent. AND they only charge $7.00 flat fee for shipping to Canada. I actually needed my items quickly so I upgraded my shipping but I received my items in two days so the extra $8.00 in shipping was totally worth it.  I ordered my cupcake trays from a company in the US and have them shipped to a receiving company across the border and I drive over and pick them up.....saves me a ton of money! The plastic clamshell containers that hold 12 regular sized cupcakes costs me $2.50 locally but when I order them from the US and pick them up across the line they only end up costing me $1.00 each and that includes the cost of shipping!  That's a big savings!  I find there is not only limited supply here but the stuff you can get here is super expensive!  I've mentioned to my husband a couple of times that we should consider opening a cake supply business!  LOL! 

viannescakes Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 11:31pm
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jezsie52, I'm in Toronto, ontario.

 

Jpepper, thanks for sharing!  I checked the vanillafoodcompany website, but it seems they don't have much stuff. I'm jealousy that you can go cross the border to pick up things! Some friends of mine in Vancouver do this too, and that saves a fortune for them. And you are right, Michael's doesn't 't have much things. I guess next time when I visit US, I have to do a big shopping of cake decorating stuff.

Elcee Posted 20 Feb 2013 , 3:15am
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Flour Confections in Pickering, ON? I'm not in Canada but had the opportunity to meet Lisa Bugeja last year when she was a judge at our local cake show and she's been a generous sponsor of our show for several years.

jeaner Posted 20 Feb 2013 , 3:35am
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I like Icing Inspirations in Kitchner and Cake Mischief out of Edmonton.

sweettooth101 Posted 20 Feb 2013 , 4:05am
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https://icinginspirations.myshopify.com/pages/contactus  in Kitchener

 

http://www.cakemischief.com/

sweettooth101 Posted 20 Feb 2013 , 4:06am
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Great minds think alike lol

viannescakes Posted 20 Feb 2013 , 8:26pm

Thank you Elcee, jeaner, and sweettooth101!  I will definitely check out these suppliers. This forum is so helpful.icon_smile.gif

jennicake Posted 20 Feb 2013 , 11:38pm

How did I not know some of these suppliers existed?!  Great list!

JPepper Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 4:46pm

Viannescakes, what type of supplies are you looking for? For me, Vanilla food company carried all the things that I was looking for but then most of the items I was looking for were flavourings/extracts, Americolour gels, dragees, sprinkles etc. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of flavourings and extracts they carry.

 

Maybe if you let us know what types of supplies you are looking for we can let you know what suppliers we buy those items at icon_smile.gif

jemchina Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 5:49pm

Last year I attended the Toronto cake show, and kept the booklet with the Exhibitors list.  Besides those already mentioned, here are a few more. I have not ordered or visited their store

 

Creative Cutters

L&M Bakers Supply

Virgin Ice

Clearbags (dot)ca

Igloo Food Equipment

caketop(dot)ca.    (Edible picture)

sweetartsupplies

 

It depends what supplies exactly you are looking for, but at least it's a start!

Evelyn

viannescakes Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 2:43am

jemchina, thanks for the list!  I will definitely check them out!

 

JPepper, I surely appreciate your help!  What I'm looking for now is tools like molds, stencils, cutters, imprint mats, etc. But your info of vanilla food company is definitely helpful. I believe I would need to get more flavorings in future.:)

Izzy Sweet Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 2:45am

I am lucky I live in a border town so I can just hop over the border and get what I need.I have a Po box in the states for shipping too.My brother and I share it because he likes getting fishing gear from the states .

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 2:56am
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I hear ya!  I go through the same thing here in Vancouver, BC!  There are two places that I have been able to find here; Michaels or Scoop and Save. Scoop and Save is about 45 minutes away and I have to drive over a toll bridge AND they're not open on Sundays!  Michaels doesn't really carry all that much. I find myself driving across the USA border to pick up things but then that is inconvenient, too, and the Michaels there doesnt always have what I need in stock. I did, however, find a great company a couple of weeks ago www.vanillafoodcompany.ca . They are based out of Markham, ON and I found their prices to be decent. AND they only charge $7.00 flat fee for shipping to Canada. I actually needed my items quickly so I upgraded my shipping but I received my items in two days so the extra $8.00 in shipping was totally worth it.  I ordered my cupcake trays from a company in the US and have them shipped to a receiving company across the border and I drive over and pick them up.....saves me a ton of money! The plastic clamshell containers that hold 12 regular sized cupcakes costs me $2.50 locally but when I order them from the US and pick them up across the line they only end up costing me $1.00 each and that includes the cost of shipping!  That's a big savings!  I find there is not only limited supply here but the stuff you can get here is super expensive!  I've mentioned to my husband a couple of times that we should consider opening a cake supply business!  LOL! 


Funny how it works, I moved from Vancouver to Lynden, and I cross the border to go back to scoop and save :)  There are zero cake decorating stores here, except Michael's, if you count that, and Langley is closer than Seattle.

kaat Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 1:13pm

I'm in Markham, Flour Confections, Icing Inspirations and L&M are my go-to supply stores. There is also Sugar Tiers in Markham that carries a lot of UK items. Sometimes if I need to have something shipped I'll check UK sites too. Quite often it's faster and shipping is less and it doesn't get held up at the border for days.
 

HalifaxMommy Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 8:19pm

Do you have friends / family in the USA that you can trust to have product shipped to them and have them ship it to you?

 

I decorate for a hobby but I like having fancy tools, I find it makes my life easier.  I have a friend that lives in Boston is nice enough to be my postal mule. I refund her via PayPal and a few times a year I send her a "Canadian" care package.  Usually once a month she will open all my shipments and repackage it into a flat rate shipping box and sends it off to me.  

viannescakes Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 8:46pm

I just browsed the website of Creative Cutters, well, they've got a nice variety of tools!  I'm positive I would be able to grab lots of stuff from them. And the retail store is in Richmond Hill, which is within driving distance for me. Thanks to jemchina!! 

 

izzy sweet - you're so lucky! That's so cost efficient.

 

kaat - thank you for sharing your experience! thanks for mentioning Sugar Tiers, in addition to the others. My to-check supplier list goes on....

 

HalifaxMommy, yes I do know some ppl in the States. I guess I will use that for stuff that I don't need urgently. Thanks for sharing your idea!

 

Again, I'm so happy I started this thread and got so much help on this site from my fellow Canadian bakers!

MsGF Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 8:58pm

I'm in Ontario, Canada.

 

www.Sugartiers.ca

 

Flour confections

Vanilla Food company

Creative Cutters

Goldas Kitchen

Petra International

McCalls

Michael's Craft Store

Bulk Barn

 

http://www.homeprobakersupply.com

 

These are the stores I order from.

 

Happy Shopping

MsGF Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 9:19pm

This lady is in Ontario and sells lots of neat stuff.

 

 

 

Check it out.  Prices aren't bad.

 

http://stores.ebay.ca/Bluelakefox-Cake-Decorating-Tools?_rdc=1

viannescakes Posted 26 Feb 2013 , 1:14am

Thank you MsGF! The ebay seller looks great. She does have lots of neat tools!

JPepper Posted 26 Feb 2013 , 4:09pm
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Funny how it works, I moved from Vancouver to Lynden, and I cross the border to go back to scoop and save :)  There are zero cake decorating stores here, except Michael's, if you count that, and Langley is closer than Seattle.

Scrumdiddlycakes, don't you find Scoop and Save a little expensive?  I find that I can order online and pay for shipping and still get the items cheaper than Scoop and Save and I didnt have to go anywhere...lol...or take the chance of driving all the way out there only to find out the item I want isnt in stock.

kaat Posted 26 Feb 2013 , 4:56pm
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Again, I'm so happy I started this thread and got so much help on this site from my fellow Canadian bakers!

If you haven't checked it out yet, there is a Canadian Forum too: canadiancakedecoratorsguild.ning.com

viannescakes Posted 1 Mar 2013 , 8:14pm

Thank you kaat! I just checked it out, looks a great community to join.

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