Ring out the old, Ring in the New…2012 Our Year in Review!

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

get "BAKED"!

get “BAKED”!

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!

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The big BALL DROP and Getting “BAKED” at the beach…a year in review!

Sister Love!

Continuing to get "BAKED" in 2012

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!