G&K Sweet Foods, LLC (Peekskill)
Owners Gay Wheeler-Smith and Kecia Palmer-Cousins were named among 914 Inc Magazine’s 4th Annual, Westchester’s 18 Most Successful Female Business Leaders in 2014. The dynamic duo runs G&K Sweet Foods, a Peekskill-based company that manufactures traditional Southern-style desserts such as sweet potatoes and tarts, based on Wheeler-Smith’s great grandmother’s recipe (Grandma’s Momma’s Legacy ‘Licious sweet potato pies) and chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, manufactured in a commercial kitchen with all-natural ingredients.
From warm kitchens, lots of laughter, and heartfelt conversations, Momma as she was affectionately called by the family, was Gay’s Great-Grandmother. Momma, Grandma, and Mommy shared not only their stories, wisdom, and love but all of their family secret recipes. Gay always wanted to hang out with the elders and from the time she was six years old, each of them taught her how to bake many dessert dishes, but sweet potato pie was always her favorite.
Gay who is a Registered Professional Nurse has always baked family
dessert recipes for the holidays and special events for friends. It was while baking these legacy desserts passed down generationally, that Gay decided to share the wonderful taste of these southern traditional home-style recipes with the rest of the world.
After Gay attended a Women’s Enterprise Development Center breakfast (WEDC) with her good friend Kecia Palmer-Cousins, Kecia was asked to partner with Gay in launching this business venture. Kecia graciously agreed and honed in her legacy family business expertise and academic business achievements. Thus, Gay as Founder and CEO, and Kecia as COO, G&K Sweet Foods, LLC was established in 2007.
Kecia Palmer-Cousins, MBA, is the Chief Operating Office (COO) of G&K Sweet Foods. She is a partner of G&K Sweet Foods, LLC, a New York LLC and NYC & NYS Certified M/WBE (Minority Women’s Enterprise) food company, specializing in the commercial manufacturing of fully baked, frozen small and large sweet potato pies for the wholesale and retail markets.
Kecia, a former Mt. Vernon resident WHO currently resides in Peekskill has over 22 years of customer service, project management, and telecommunications experience working as an ITIL®v3 Senior Project Manager at a Fortune 100 company in NYC with premier and Wall Street customers. She earned a B.S.in Manufacturing Engineering (Boston University), an MBA in Marketing (Long Island University), and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
Their pies and cookies can be ordered to accommodate government
agencies, firms, food services, diners, schools, airports, bakeries, supermarkets, and commissaries. Pies are packaged for single three inch serving, six-inch serving, and nine-inch serving.
Pleasantville Bakery And Cafe, (Pleasantville)
Cakes, cookies, danishes, and tarts are part of the repertoire at this neighborhood bakery where owner Kemar “Q” Newell is known for serving sweets and smiles.
Drippy Cakes (New York and Connecticut)
Customized Bundt Cakes and More
Regina Upshaw owner of Drippy Cakes. She serves New York and Connecticut (Delivery).
How Did Drippy Cakes Get Started? She began making cakes for her fiancé, who has an insane obsession for my homemade baking treats. So she thought to herself, let her share her joy of baking with others to see if I would receive the same reaction. From there Drippy Cakes has taken on a name of it’s own. The response has been overwhelming. She now has clients from Connecticut to the Jersey Shore and beyond. Try Drippy Cakes out on your next event or small family gathering and you will not be disappointed. They accommodate the smallest groups to your largest cooperate event. Drippy Cakes is here to please!
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 8 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 9 AM to 1 PM – Deliveries from 9 AM to 9 PM (*There is a minimum of $60.00 for delivery and a $10.00 delivery fee)