Something Sweet Bakery's owner Tina Damon shows off some of her baked good displayed in her new store near 40th street and Chandler Blvd. Something Sweet is holding it's grand opening all day Friday and Saturday. Sept 21, 2011 Darryl Webb/AFN

Darryl Webb

Tina Damon is ready for the grand opening of her first business today.

Her bakery, Something Sweet, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 52, had its soft opening about a month ago and, since then, Damon has been putting in 14- to 16-hour days to make sure her business is a success. Baking and the creation of new products drives her, she said, and is her passion.

“It has been a lot of fun, there has been tears and stress as well, but, overall, it has been an amazing experience so far,” she said.

Before moving into her current location, Damon was selling her home-made and hand-prepared pastries out of a production bakery in Chandler. She decided about a year ago that she wanted to open her business in Ahwatukee Foothills, and looked for awhile until she found the perfect location in the Mountainside Plaza.

“I loved the location and I had been looking at it for the past two years,” she said. “I decided in January that maybe I should start really looking at moving in.”

Damon’s array of cookies, cakes, canolies and more are still made in the Chandler bakery, but she does the finishing touches — the fillings and frostings — at Something Sweet.

Her staff has also expanded from just her, with the occasional help from family members. Damon has hired seven employees, who help with the production. She said it was a big step in hiring and training the employees.

“When you do it by yourself for so long, you don’t realize what you have to teach and train other people to do,” she said.

Today she will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, and offering a 10 percent discount during her store hours, until 3 p.m. To find out more, visit her website, www.somethingsweetaz.com, or call (480) 332-5196.

Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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