If I could describe 2011 in one word it would be “AMAZING”!
The last night of it was no exception. We spent it with the people we love, loyal customers and thousands of others who gathered in Berlin to watch a “Times Square look a like” Ball Drop. Residents, visitors, young, old and even pets poured into town and peacefully partied into the wee hours to bring in what hopefully for everyone is a Promising New Year. It brought a whole new meaning to getting “BAKED” for the holiday!
First, our success would not be possible without the love and support of our family and friends. The support and encouragement from our business neighbors and the continued support from the town of Berlin, its’ Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Program, Grow Berlin Green and more are priceless. I must single out here two people who work harder than anyone I know insuring that doing business in Berlin is a dream…Michael Day Director of Economic Development and Olive Mawyer Executive Director. What can we say to everyone, but THANK YOU!
Without going blow-by-blow, suffice it to say that 2011 was an exciting year, but not without its challenges. Within months, Shelly got divorced, we bought our partner out and in 5 days we moved our business down the street to our new and improved location at 4 C Bay Street. Unfortunately, we lost one of our favorite people who also happened to be our landlord. We really miss Ed and so does this town that he loved so dearly. Oh yah, there were also Kenny and Shelly’s emergency surgeries right before the holidays. That really made things interesting. Sometimes “it’s not all cupcakes and sprinkles”.
On a brighter note, we’ve grown from peddling all natural “BAKED” goods to peddling all natural “BAKED” goods and running a “Fine Art” gallery. We’ve developed a friendship and partnership with renowned artist Patrick Henry and began showcasing his and other local art talent. We’ve included organic lunches, homemade Krackers and cheese spread to our ever-expanding all natural menu. New dessert favorites emerged with the addition of our signature Cupcake Bread Pudding, Cupcake Bombs and Liquor Soaked Bundt Cakes. More people got “BAKED” for the holidays than ever before! We began selling our “BAKED” goods wholesale and we are currently working on a new line of comical “BAKED” apparel. Plus, we hope to have more exciting news come February. Oh yah, we also won, the now controversial, Berlin Bathtub Race when we partnered with Ayer’s Creek Adventures. We know people are coming for us this year.
We feel totally blessed to be thriving in Berlin, a town that is filled with incredibly unique restaurants, B&B’s, boutiques, shops, artists and even Burley Oaks microbrewery. Most, are family run businesses and many are operated by really strong business women. What an awesome New Year’s resolution…find your passion, do something you love, turn it into a business and then “go for it” with no regrets.
Shelly and I love what we do and who we serve! We’ve said this a lot, but we must say it again…the best part of our job is the people we serve or as we fondly refer to them as “The Best Customers on the Planet”! We look forward to another “AMAZING” year filled with getting everyone “BAKED” at the beach. Mostly, we wish everyone a New Year filled with HOPE, LOVE, HAPPINESS, GREAT HEALTH and PROSPERITY!
If you’ve never been to Berlin, if you’ve never gotten “BAKED” at the beach, then definitley put these on your “2012 to do list”. You won’t regret it! PEACE!