Vanessa Baudanza and Isabelle Loiacono did what most great entrepreneurs do: bite off more than they could chew. They followed their dream of opening up a bakery in Toronto, completely disregarding the simple realities like financing and more importantly a business plan (we never got passed the title: The Rolling Pin!)
Despite all this, Vanessa and Isabelle enthusiastically opened their first location on Yonge Street with a small but strong baking team, a collaboration of their recipes and endless thoughts of donuts and pies. The Rolling Pin was born in June 2014 in the very friendly neighbourhood of Yonge and Lawrence village.
About the founders
Isabelle and Vanessa really like dessert… maybe a little too much. They tend to think of themselves as dessert specialists- Constantly testing, researching and eating their way through dessert nostalgia. They spend a large amount of their free time in bakeries, and indulge in their own creations as well as other desserts in the city.
Prior to pursuing her professional dreams of baking, Isabelle spent her days is a lifeless cubicle space filled with memos and meetings. When the company she was working for offered her a buyout, she took the money and ran straight to Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, where she earned her pastry diploma. Isabelle worked in several bakeries and kitchens across the city. She was also an instructor at the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts.
Vanessa, on the other hand, dabbled with the idea of becoming a teacher. She tried to focus on her school work, but all her dreams of sugar and flour kept knocking at her door. She attended George Brown College, followed by The Cake Designer certificate at the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts.
Vanessa and Isabelle’s crossed paths at the Bonnie Gordon School and formed a bond over their love of sugar and flour. The rest is history.