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Bakery 49 Tastes Sweet Victory at Show of Hands

Corey Kidd, owner of Bakery 49, celebrates after winning the Show of Hands competition Wednesday night in Wheeling. Kidd took home a check for $11,350. Pictured from left are Kidd’s daughter, Carter Kidd, Corey Kidd, her son Carson Kidd, Jude Veltri and Brooks Wharry.

WHEELING — Bakery 49 prevailed at Wednesday’s Show of Hands competition in Wheeling, with the icing on the cake being an $11,350 check for owner Corey Kidd.

The amount presented to Kidd was the largest ever awarded through Show of Hands, a business presentation event sponsored by Wheeling Heritage. The competition Wednesday night focused on women-owned businesses.

The Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe law firm and other sponsors always contribute a minimum of $4,000 to the winner of the competition. An additional $3,000 for the victor was contributed for Wednesday’s contest by Women’s Giving Circle, a group of women philanthropists in the Ohio Valley focused on helping females achieve goals and success.

A record-setting 600 ballots were cast during the event, which packed the third floor of the Wheeling Artisan Center. Each person attending paid for a $5 ballot to vote for their favorite presentation.

All money collected at the door was combined with that by sponsors and presented to the winner.

Kidd, a mother of two young children, operates Bakery 49 out of her home in Dimmeydale. She has had a commercial kitchen installed in the basement with a dedicated entrance, and plans to continue operating there. It’s a custom cake business, and Kidd works with each customer to specially design each confection.

She thanked the community for her victory and believing in her vision for a custom cake business.

“All the people who came here live in the city, they believe in the city and they believe in the people who live in the city,” she said. “When you have someone that has an idea, and you want to come support them and you have groups like Wheeling Heritage — it’s an amazing opportunity.

“I can only say thank you to all the people in the city.”

Kidd will use the money she won Wednesday night to further outfit her commercial kitchen with such things as additional commercial mixers, turntables, and piping tips.

“I will purchase all the things I need to put myself out there, and start teaching people to do the things I do,” she said. “I’m a teacher by trade, and it only seems fitting to carry that over to the cake aspect.”

Kidd is a graduate of the Institute for Culinary Education in New York, and honed her baking skills there and while doing externships as a student.

She told the audience at Show of Hands Wednesday night she hopes to offer “cake and sip” baking classes. This will lead in to a “cake on-demand” services where she will help customers prepare their own cakes for special occasions.

Attendees also heard presentations from three other women-owned businesses:

* Sarah Williams and Melinda Scott of the Gypsy Lace Cafe, a food truck and “mobile cafe” business that plans to set up in Market Plaza but also move to other locations.

* Terry Jill Bonar of Making Magic, a flower and event planning business at 1913 Warwood Ave. Bonar started the business after her 35-year career as a nurse came to an end with the closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center.

* Nancy Haynes of Re’Decorate Consignment, 2207 Market St. in Wheeling. The businesses focuses on the reselling of timeless furniture.

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