It doesn’t seem possible that another year has passed! 2012 has come and gone and thankfully it was another year full of goodness for Baked Dessert Cafe & Gallery and the little historic town of Berlin, Maryland. This was the first year that we chose to close shop at the bakery during the celebration so that our focus could simply be on enjoying the evening with our family and friends. Only on its third year, the Berlin Ball Drop has become quite the tradition. We were amongst the thousands of young and old, locals and visitors who chose to spill into the streets of Berlin watching the ball drop at Broad and Main Street.
Many new customers, along with our loyal seasonal and local supporters, crossed our threshold this year. Most new customers found their way to us via Social Media outlets; Yelp and TripAdvisor our new best friends. In April we celebrated our 2nd year in business and in July our first full year in our new and improved space.
We acquired our liquor license in May which brought new and improved meaning to getting “BAKED” at the beach and added a convenience to our customers looking to purchase great wines and craft brew. New recipes were tried, some big winners, some not. Our signature desserts the Peach Dumpling, Cupcake Bread Pudding and Cupcake Bombs still the consistent sell outs. We added new, deliciously Gluten Free and Vegan desserts, meals and bread mix for our customers following those specific diets and we more than doubled our wholesale business.
We received several significant awards this year as well. The two we are most proud of are the Worcester County Green Business Award and the Berlin Chamber of Commerce Philanthropy Award. Showing some love to Mother Earth and one another is of the utmost importance to both Shelly and I. We feel blessed to have been able to donate thousands of dollars to various local charities and thanks to Worcester Youth and Family, we were also able to adopt local families in need during the holidays.
Looking ahead, this New Year will include a trip to the Food and Wine Festival in Charleston in late February, early March and a trip to Spain. We are so excited to bring back some new and exciting recipes and wine from those journies. We’ll be packaging our Gluten Free Cake Mix for sale and adding new apparel to our line up. We are looking forward to continued collaboration with our neighboring businesses to include new and improved service to our customers and
I, of course, will continue to try to keep up with technology. There’s so much more to come!
2013 will bring new challenges and triumphs I’m sure, but we are ready for both. We’ve celebrated so much this year; non of it possible without the love and support of our family, friends, loyal customers and business community. Thank you all! We look forward to serving you and our community and we wish everyone a New Year filled with Peace, Love, Laughter, Great Health and Great Eats!