Faces of Fairfax City: Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies
Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies is paradise for bakers, chefs, and all flavors of kitchen enthusiasts! There are shelves galore filled with cookie cutters, candy and chocolate molds, fondants and frostings, glitters and sprinkles, pans, stands, and more! As soon as you walk in, you will be filled with inspirations for your next birthday party or special event. Sign up for Cake Decorating 101 class to get started, or sit in the more advanced Open Sugar Peony Class if you’re so inclined!
Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies has remained a small business in Northern Virginia since 1976, and continues to serve its community. Go, pick up some supplies, connect with other bakers, and see what beautiful and edible creations you can make!
Tell us a little about Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies.
Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies is a full-scale cake and candy supply store in Fairfax offering quality products to chefs and bakers from beginner to experts. We offer one of the nation’s largest selections of baking, decorating and candy making supplies as well as an array of cake and cookie decorating classes for all ages and experience levels.
What makes Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies unique to Fairfax City?
Fran’s is the only cake and candy supply store in the Northern Virginia area. We also pride ourselves on providing expert advice to our customers. Not only can you find the supplies you need but we have expert decorators on our staff who are eager to help our customers successfully complete their baking projects.
How many years have you been in the city and what encouraged you to take the leap to get started?
Fran’s has been a part of the Northern Virginia community since 1976. We have been at our current location in Fairfax City since 2007.
What do you enjoy most about having a business in Fairfax City?
We really enjoy the amazing sense of community that we share with baking enthusiasts in our area. We love getting to know our customers and sharing in their baking projects and their graduations, weddings, showers and other special events that bring them into our store.
How has Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies changed since its opening?
In the last few years, Fran’s has grown considerably. We’ve undertaken an extensive remodeling of the store and have introduced new products and a wide variety of classes. In addition, we have launched an eCommerce website to provide more shopping options for our customers. We’ve also built an active social media presence through which our customers can showcase their creations and get inspiration for future projects.
What do clients say they love about Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies?
Our customers love the large selection of products that we offer as they can find all that they need for their projects. They love getting advice from our experts, taking a wide variety of decorating classes and being a part of the supportive baking community that comes together at Fran’s.
What are some of your fondest memories or biggest successes since you’ve opened?
As the 3rd owner of Fran’s, some of my fondest memories including getting to know the two former owners, Fran Wheat and Sallee McCarthy, whose vision and hard work built the foundation for so much of what Fran’s has become. We’ve also been lucky enough to partner with the Davis Center which has allowed us to provide high school students with learning disabilities real-world work experience. Seeing these young people learn and grow their job skills has been tremendously rewarding.
What’s next for you and Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies?
We plan to continue to grow our online offerings including adding online tutorials and new products. We are also focused on growing our reach within the Northern Virginia baking community. I’m excited by the continued support of the community which has allowed us to grow over the past couple of years. We have seen many new faces become “regulars” which tells me we are doing something right!
Are there any fun facts you would like residents and visitors to know?
My name is not Fran, since I am the 3rd owner, my family has named me “Fake Fran 2”.
Fran’s has over 1,000 different cookie cutters and over 1,500 different chocolate molds.
When you’re not working, where in Fairfax City do you like to spend your time?
I really enjoy walking around the downtown area of Fairfax City and visiting the other local businesses.
How can people follow you on social media?
Our website: www.franscakeandcandy.com