Each year, the California Assembly honors small businesses from each assembly district for being successful and charitable business members within the communities in which they thrive. This year, the owners of Stockton's Toot Sweets Bakery Cafe, Kim and Monique Kelso, were honored in a special ceremony held at the capitol on June 11.
Located in the Quail Lakes shopping center since 1991, Toot Sweets has become known as one of San Joaquin County's best places to eat, and has won "Best of San Joaquin" in the San Joaquin Magazine for five years in a row. The Kelsos decided to build the business from scratch in 1990. They began with the business plan, by building the cabinets and tables in their garage at home, and they even developed their own delicious recipes prior to opening the doors to Toot Sweets Bakery Café in 1991.
"Monique and I are extremely honored to have been selected by Bill Berryhill for the California Small Business Award of the year. It is nice to receive recognition for all the hard work and effort to rebuild during the worst economic time for our small business. We would like to say thank you to our customers, we couldn't have made it without their support and loyalty," said Kim Kelso.
An example of the American entrepreneurial spirit, the Kelso family has given back to their community through Toots Sweets Bakery Café. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the generosity of Toot Sweets Bakery are The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, Hospice of San Joaquin, Saint Mary's Dining Hall, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, CASA House, University of the Pacific, Delta College, and a long, long list of many more charitable and worthy organizations in the San Joaquin Valley.
Assemblyman Berryhill appreciates and values the charity and support that Toot Sweets Bakery has provided to the community.
"I am proud of Toot Sweets, a business that thrives in tough economic times and does so much for our local charities and institutions," said Berryhill.
Assembly Member Bill Berryhill, R-Stockton, represents the 26th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Stockton, Manteca, Ripon, Escalon, Patterson, Turlock, Ceres, Lockeford, Modesto, Denair and Linden.