This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Anastasia Nasiopoulos from Staij & Co, designer sweets and cake boutique. Staij & Co has recently opened a storefront in Cabbagetown and we were so excited to pay a visit and ask Anastasia some questions.
How did you start out?
I started out doing it as a hobby making cakes for friends and family. Eventually, more and more people started inquiring which is when it took off. I love what I do and I am very fortunate that I was able to turn my passion into a career.
What is your favourite part of working in the industry?
Definitely seeing people’s reactions. I get so excited when delivering cakes. Whether it’s the bride on their wedding day or a little boy on his birthday, the reactions never disappoint.
What are some current cake trends you have been getting requests for?
There have been a lot of unconventional requests this wedding season. Brides seem to be straying away from your typical wedding cake. Marble and metallic details are pretty big right now, along with rustic inspired cakes with fresh flowers. However, trends come and go, which is why I tell brides to focus more on their individual styles rather than what is trending right now on Pinterest when designing their wedding cake with me.
From what your clients tell you, what is the most stressful part about the planning process?
The majority of my clients would agree that nailing down the last minute details is the toughest. Keeping organized is a great way to avoid this stress, because we all know how hectic the planning process can be.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d offer to upcoming brides?
I find a lot of brides have a hard time when trying to please everyone throughout the planning process. While you do want to consider all of your family and friends’ opinions leading up to the big day, its important to stay true to yourself. The day is about you and the person you have chosen to spend your life with, so don’t get too wrapped up in what everyone else thinks is best. Do what you think feels right and you’ll be sure to have a spectacular day.
Be sure to check out Anastasia’s work on Instagram @staijandco, and be sure to swing by her new Pastry Boutique at 552 Parliament St in Cabbagetown! They have some of the tastiest treats in the city (we’ve been known to eat their Ferrero Rocher cupcakes for dinner more often than we’d like to admit).
Check out Anastasia’s work on Instagram: @staijandco