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I don’t generally write much about myself or a client,  but this cake and it’s story is unique and very dear to my heart.

Recently a couple came to my bakery to inquire about a wedding cake.  Such a lovely couple.  They requested a rustic cake with burlap ribbon and flowers.  I knew right away it was going to be a country wedding.  Then we discussed the groom’s cake, a beaver.  I noticed a slight smile cross the bride’s face,  indicating a story was behind the cake.  So…I asked. The bride proceeded to tell me that they “lived close to town,  but out of the way”.  That description felt familiar to me. Then she said they had lakes and a beaver terrorized them,  building dams and clogging the drain.  That also felt familiar. I instinctively said,  “you live in my old house! You live on (road name removed for privacy)!” Shocked,  the bride asked how I knew that. I told her my grandpa had built the lakes and the beautiful two story log cabin.  My grandparents raised me and my brother there. My grandpa had since passed and my grandma moved away.  I immediately teared up.  My grandpa had been on my mind a lot. I had been missing “home”.
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Throughout the conversation,  we exchanged some stories of what we loved so much about the property.   one story being that I, myself was married on the property in 2001. I was also fortunate to live there for 2yrs with my boys, watching over the property,  while my grandparents lived in Brat, Fl. They got to experience some of the same things I did in my childhood.

I was invited to visit anytime,  which is so appreciated.  I’m reminded that God answers,  even when we don’t know we asked for something.

The couple said,  “I do!” on Saturday,  October 21st, 2017, just a few days before the 5th anniversary of my grandfather passing. I know I was meant to make this cake.  Just one more memory left for me to cherish.

 

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New Custom Cake Business in Crestview, FL!

It’s finally happened! For over a year now, people have been telling me that I need to open my own bakery. Well, guess what, people? I AM!!! Lolo’s Cakes & Sweets is officially a registered business for real! Now lets go back a few months so I can share the miraculous story of how this all came to be 🙂

First I have to tell you about my friend. Her name is Sheena, and she is crazy! After my husband, she is my biggest supporter and cheerleader. If you’ve ever mentioned the word cake around Sheena, you know what I’m talking about! Now Sheena herself is a talented artist, but her master pieces come from the lens of camera. She owns Lens Flare Photography (wedding, maternity, newborn, & family photography) and for many, MANY months, maybe a year even, she has been talking about finding a studio space in Crestview, FL. But she was always looking for a space that also had a kitchen, why does a photographer need a studio? Because she wanted me to have a bakery that badly 🙂

Well, I just thought she was being sweet and well….crazy. But a few months ago the desire to have a space for my cakes outside of my home was getting really strong, and I began to entertain the idea of sharing a space with Sheena, and I found that idea to be very exciting. So I asked my husband to ask a realtor friend of his to look for a place that would work for us. And this is where God stepped in, and started me on the ride of a lifetime. Because come on, what are the odds that there would be a place in Crestview, preferably on the north end of town, that had a commercial kitchen, a large room suitable for a studio, and an extra room for meeting with clients, for RENT? Oh and I was praying for a specific price range too! Two hours, that’s right HOURS, later David got an email of a listing for a small 5 room house that had been used for a catering business a couple of years ago, and it had been sitting on the market for 6 months. When we saw that house, it was perfect! And from there God just began to answer every prayer we sent up with a resounding YES!

Last week we signed our lease and picked up our keys! And our lease officially begins June 1st! We will have our 2 separate businesses residing in our cute little “cake studio” at 327 Hickory Ave. Here in good, old Crestview, FL. It’s not an eat in bakery. It’s custom cake orders by appointment only (cupcakes, wedding cakes, bridal shower cakes, baby showers, birthday cakes, special occasion cakes)  and I’m hoping that we will be opening officially by the end of the month! Yay!

Now many of you may be wondering why all the secrecy and cryptic messages over the last couple of weeks. Well, first because of the “cake shed” incident! And second because my crazy creative friend Sheena couldn’t see why we would want to just blab our big surprise. Oh no! She likes to do things with style! So to commemorate our future together and friends and business roomies we did a photo shoot, and well….I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves!

Friends :)

We are in this together!

Cupcake war

But things begin to get a little out of hand!

Cake in my eye!

Sheena said she was aiming for my cheek.... well her aim SUCKS! Because that is cupcake in my EYE! So I had to retaliate 🙂

After the war

We kiss and make up after our epic battle!

New Custom Cake studio Crestview FL

Our new home!

These new businesses will be serving the communities of Baker, Crestview, Defuniak Springs, Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, Laurel Hill, Mary Esther, Milton, Navarre, Niceville, Pace, Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Shalimar, Valparaiso & surrounding areas.