Fund-Raising Effort Leads Women to Open Business
Byline: Kim Mikus
What started out as a fund-raising effort after the Sept. 11 tragedy has developed into a business for two suburban women.
Dawne Andracki of St. Charles and Anne Marie Gallanis of Carol Stream baked sweets to raise money. They ended up raising $3,000, which went to the firefighters in New York, the Red Cross and a church in New York near where the tragedy occurred.
For a year, the women sold baked treats at their children's sporting events and at local businesses.
The women continued to receive orders for their baked goods after meeting their goal. That's when they decided to launch Sweet Tooth Co. They make a variety of baked goods, homemade chocolate, suckers, dipped pretzels and other treats customized for the occasion. They continue to raise money local sports and school groups.
All their items are baked to order. Holiday-related treats are among the most popular. They are currently starting on shamrock- shaped cookies and molded suckers for St. Patrick's Day. Chocolate is the base to nearly all their recipes that they bake from their homes.
A pound of gourmet chocolate ranges from $10 to $12. The business has mainly grown through word of mouth. Personalized gift baskets are also part of the mix. The women, who also have a catalog, mail some of their treats while the rest are delivered or picked up by customers.
The women met when their teenagers were 2 years old in Carol Stream.
In addition to running the business and raising families, the women also hold other jobs.
Andracki is an accountant and has been doing taxes for 20 years. She works at a Bloomingdale accounting firm. Her three children range in age from 13 to 16.
For the past 15 years, Gallanis has worked as a mammogram technician at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. …