This probably is an industry first. The oldest pool supply store in Northern California, Pool Mart in Sonoma Valley shares its space with a cake decorating shop.

In this introduction to Pool Mart, the Sonoma Valley Sun explains how the store came to be and what prompted its owners to blend pool chemicals with flour.

"As the pool business grew, Lillian, a talented baker and cake decorator, decided to make her hobby part of the business. At first, the pans, molds and decorating supplies took up a small corner of the store. Now they take up at least half the space, with and add-on for classes. Thus the full business name, Pool Mart/Cake Corner."

The owner even teaches small groups the art of decorating, as well as kid-friendly classes for gingerbread houses, sugar eggs and other seasonal delights.

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