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Updated: 11/08/2013 08:14:35AM

Get some sweet treats in Venice

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Sweet Treats and Gifts owner JoAnn Newman and Shari Gjedrem will be baking up all kinds of delights for the holidays.

JoAnn Newman can make delicious sweets for any theme you like.

Shari Gjedrem pokes holes in the top of yellow cake, which will allow hot pineapple sauce to seep into the cake.

By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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JoAnn Newman didn't always have her own bake shop. As a matter of fact, she owned a cleaning business for 28 years. But what she did have is a Georgia upbringing and some really good southern recipes from her mother and the ladies of her childhood church.

"Most of my recipes are from the church that I grew up in," Newman said. "They put out a big cookbook. My mother always did this with her catering, and she said that a recipe is really just a guideline — I like to make it my own."

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