There’s less than one month until a very secret spot in Philly is taken over by diners decked out head to toe in white. Dîner en Blanc is back and the ladies of Boozy Buttercream want to help make dessert the most memorable part of your evening.
Boozy Buttercream aims to teach the fundamentals of icing piping and cupcake decorating while students take full advantage of happy hour.
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Kermit’s Bake Shoppe turns one today. And from now until Friday, July 25th, the first twenty people a day who recite, in their best Lady Gaga voice, the words “pink polka dot” will get a free Funfetti cupcake.
Also, over the course of the week, twenty-five customers will receive a pink polka dot inside their to-go boxes, redeemable for a gift certificate.
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe [Foobooz]
Eat cupcakes, fight hunger. That’s the idea behind Philabundance’s Cupcake Smash, happening this Saturday at the Piazza at Schmidts.
Now, I tend to be of the mindset that cupcakes are always a good idea, but if you need a little more convincing, look at it this way: You get to indulge after a week of healthy eating and working out, and you get to help those in need get access to food that is fresh and nutritious. It’s a win-win situation.
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Remember what a big deal it was when Crumbs Bake Shop came to town? We reported on the announcement, tracked the location in Rittenhouse Square and it even made the news when their awning went up. Cupcake aficionados were honestly excited about this publicly-traded, bi-coastal operation coming to Philly.
Well, now the Rittenhouse location is closed. It lasted just over a year in its space, and such a rapid departure for a proven operation like Crumbs has us thinking: Does this closure say something about us as a city?
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VH1′s Mob Wives breakout star Alicia DiMichele stops by Gigi Andrew‘s Ms. Goody Cupcakes on East Passyunk Avenue, and samples one of the new “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” flavors which come with shots of either coconut rum, Amaretto, Chambord, or Jack and Hennessy. When DiMichele isn’t filming the fourth season of Mob Wives in Manhattan, she can be found at her clothing boutique, “Addiction,” with locations on East Passyunk and in Cherry Hill.
Over the weekend she filmed a music video with rapper Ryan Banks and her co-star on Mob Wives, Natalie “Vegas” Guercio, at Lit Nightclub at Second and Spring Garden.
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Photo: Naked Philly
There are plenty of reasons to be bullish on South Street west of Broad but a couple established businesses are on the way out. The Philly Cupcake location at 20th and South has closed after nine months. The cupcake shop proprietors had a disagreement with their landlords and according to Michael Klein, there were suits and countersuits. The original Philly Cupcake remains at 12th and Chestnut. We’re with Naked Philly in hoping the next tenant chooses a more subtle color palette.
Also closing, is 15th and South’s Baja Room. The odd Mexican joint has been a mainstay at that intersection but we never got understood the Best of New York sticker in the window or the claims that celebrities ate there. According to Naked Philly, Baja Room will resurface at 1001 East Passyunk.
We’re intrigued to see what’s next for these corners.
In apparent landlord spat, Philly Cupcake closes on South Street [Naked Philly]
Another vacancy coming to another South Street West corner [Naked Philly]
Betty’s Speakeasy at 2241 Grays Ferry Avenue is calling it quits after five years. The Graduate Hospital area shop was known for its coffee, pastries and most of all, for its cupcakes. As the poster above explains, this is a personal decision, not a business decision.
If you want one last cupcake, you do have some time. The last day is set for July 31st.
Betty’s Speakeasy [Official Site]
Gretchen Fantini started selling her cupcakes at Piazza at Schmidt’s farmers’ market. Then came the Sweet Box Cupcake Truck and now she’s opening Sweet Box Shop at 339 South 13th Street (between Pine and Spruce Streets).
The grand opening of the storefront is tomorrow, Saturday May 11th at 11 a.m. Fantini and her staff will be handing out mini-cupcakes and mimosas through 2 p.m.
There are now TWO ways to satiate your cupcake cravings, follow the Sweet Box Cupcake Truck or visit the new Sweet Box Shop at 339 South 13th Street (on 13th between Pine and Panama Streets).
The shop will stock the following cupcakes:
- Red Velvet
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip
- Bacon Maple Pancake
- Chocolate Ganache
- Strawberries and Champagne
Cupcakes are $3.50 each and the storefront will also sell icebox desserts, cakes and custom creations.
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Baked by Melissa, an eleven location strong cupcake chain out of New York is looking to expand to Philadelphia. Right now they’re advertising for a Philadelphia store manager. Get the job and you can get a discount on the bite-sized cupcakes.
No word yet on a location or opening time frame. <sarcasm>Gosh, we hope it’s this month so we can try the Berry Silly Cereal cupcake of the month.</sarcasm>.
Baked by Melissa [Official Site]
Crumbs Bake Shop at 133 S 18th Street has gotten its awning and is aiming to open before Thanksgiving. – Photo by Mownia Mowtruse III