Wow, this past month has been a blur. Now that the remodeling and move is complete, Shelly and I look back and aren’t sure how we managed to meet our goal of reopening on July 1st, but we did. The overwhelming consensus is that our move to this historic building at 4 C Bay Street and the inclusion of a gallery is a great one and the perfect combination of food and fine art.
Honestly, we hadn’t thought about moving Baked Dessert Cafe and it certainly had not crossed our mind to merge a gallery with our all natural desserts, breads and beverages, but then again, God does work in mysterious ways. Hours before we learned that our building had been sold, we were told that the gallery space at 4 C Bay Street was available. When we walked down to see the space, Patrick Henry was working in his gallery and the discussion of expanding and relocating Baked Dessert Cafe began.
Shelly and I have admired Patrick’s work over the years so having it now adorn the walls of our business is simply amazing and breathtaking. The inclusion of the gallery has also added a new dimension to our business. We’ve had our fans find us and thus familiarize themselves with Patrick’s Fine Art and his fans have visited and, in turn, have become fans of “Baked”. All have commented that it seems to be a perfect pairing of the two and we whole heartedly agree.
In addition to showcasing Patrick’s work, we intend to highlight a local artist each month. There is so much talent in this little town! The very first person we thought of for July was Debbi Dean-Colley. An amazing artist, activist and mother, Debbi creates”Mixed Green Jewelry” which utilizes recycled and upcycled materials. Her creations are simply beautiful and available through the month of July! Stay tuned for the talent coming in August!
As the gallery and highlighted artist change, our all natural desserts, breads, cheeses and beverages will change too. Of course, what we call “fan favorites” will always be “BAKED” at “BAKED”, but we will add more “old school” offerings like baked custards, apple dumplings and the like.
We’re also working on a “brown bag” lunch which will be healthy and affordable. Sodas sweetened with California varietal wine grapes, organic yogurt, smoothies and local cheeses and spreads are already available. Homemade crackers are also on our “to be conquered” list. We’ve looking into a liquor license for beer and wine which may bring new meaning to getting “BAKED” at the beach, lol. Our larger “digs” have afforded us room to included an area designed specifically to promote other local businesses and community events, everything from antiquities to landscape services, Lions Club events to firehouse fundraisers.
This move pushed us “out of the box” or should I say the “bowling alley”. It has reminded us that change, even when not expected, can be a great thing and hard work and determination do pay off. Even though, “It’s not all cupcakes and sprinkles”, this little family run business in the historic town of Berlin, continues to be “SWEET”! So, when you find us and you get “BAKED” at the beach, please enjoy the perfect combination of Food and Fine Art!