I have been in the kitchen and baking for as long as I can remember. My mom, Leisa, baked and decorated my first birthday cake on January 14th, 1991. I do not necessarily remember this, but I've seen the pictures! Ever since then I have been helping her create special occasion cakes for family and friends.

As I grew older I got to put in more and more help, until one day I made my very first cake all by myself! After moving to Valdosta I created a Facebook page and hobby cake company called "Sweet Red's". I mainly made cakes for friends, but then that grew into making cakes for friends of friends! I was working full-time in a retail store and making cakes into the wee hours of the night on the weekends.

A friend of mine told me about a new bakery that opened next door to where he worked. Having a sweet tooth he checked it out and found out that this bakery was MaePolly's Cake Company and the owner, Pam, was in serious need of cake decorating help. I stopped by after I got off work...walked into the kitchen for a "test interview" and I haven't walked out yet!

I worked many hours with Pam and became her right hand man! When Pam decided it was time to leave the bakery she wanted to leave it in capable hands. I'm still thrilled to know that she thought my hands were those capable hands to continue what she had built.

I purchased the bakery from Pam and started my own journey! I moved into a small building that was once a tanning salon! Had to completely remodel everything! With the help of my family I opened the new MaePolly's Cake Company on June 26, 2017 and my mom came to work for me (or should I say with me)! Over the next two years we grew and grew until I knew it was time to take another step in the business. We decided to join forces with Lisa at Sweet's Addiction Bakery. We moved the bakery to a larger space, more staff and the opportunity to offer more products and we are still growing and going strong!

I absolutely love this sweet little journey that I'm on with the bakery. Nothing makes me happier than a smile on a child's face when they see their birthday cake or the hugs from blushing brides after seeing the wedding cake of their dreams! I’d love for you to stop by the bakery and grab a sweet treat or if you’d like to place an order, call me at 229-262-2247. I, along with my team, bake delicious confections to share my love of baking, so contact me to taste the sweetness of my passion.

-Brock Gilliard

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