WEST LINN, Ore. -- Building a strong wedding cake business takes time and hard work, but the payoff can be big, according to John Smolders, director of bakery operations for West Linn Thriftway here. Smolders vowed eight years ago to make a wedding cake program work for seven-unit West Linn Thriftway -- and it has, to the level where he can reap $250,000 dollars in wedding cake sales in a year. With a 250% profit margin after the cost of ingredients and labor, that's worth sticking it out ...

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