I have always admired entrepreneurs who started from scratch to make their dreams come true. Gwendolyn Rogers is a shining example of what it takes.

I started chatting with Gwendolyn online years ago, not long after she opened The Cake Bake Shop at Broad Ripple. Sweet, passionate and caring, she understood what it means to operate not only a business, which she was still building, but a brand.

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Blaise Doubman's family in Carmel with Blaise's framed column about The Cake Bake Shop. From left, Jamie Doubman, Darla Doubman, Blaise Doubman, Jacqueline Dye and Myra Dye.

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Chicken salad croissant and raspberry champagne cake. Everything is baked from scratch with any left at day's end donated to local homeless shelters.