Dessert bakery settles into second location
A local custom dessert bakery is settling into its second location in the region.
Cakabakery has been serving its sweet treats to customers at the lakeshore after expanding into Holland, at 48 E. Lakewood Blvd. The business, founded in 2010, also operates a location in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood.
Jason Kakabaker, owner of Cakabakery, said the bakery unofficially moved into the open kitchen space last spring after the former owner of Second Floor Bakery, Katie Webster, approached him to buy out the existing café and bakery.
“My partner’s sister owned it,” Kakabaker said. “Recently, she and her husband adopted a couple kids and couldn’t work the hours it required anymore. She looked to us first to buy out.”
Cakabakery formally celebrated the move last fall after giving the space a “whole different feel and look.”
“We made it kind of look like our Eastown one inside,” Kakabaker said. “We put our stamp on it, if you will.”
Although the space is now furnished to emulate a vintage rustic atmosphere, Kakabaker said the business kept the staff from the former Second Floor Bakery. The former bakery had a staff of eight to 10 employees, as of last January.
During the last several months, Kakabaker said the community feedback has been positive.
“It has been great,” Kakabaker said. “It is kind of a different market. People are liking the change they have noticed and the quality of baked goods.”
Since opening Cakabakery’s first retail location more than two years ago, Kakabaker said the business has been very successful.
“It is just bonkers, opening a second location only makes sense,” Kakabaker said. “Everyone can come find the same sweet, good treats in Holland as they did in Grand Rapids.”
Kakabaker also indicated the business is interested in finding a small space in downtown Holland to sell the baked goods produced from the Lakewood Boulevard location to drive the same type of foot traffic as Cakabakery experiences in Eastown.
Cakabakery makes cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, caramel corn and specialty dessert cheesecakes, tarts and cakes made from fresh and local ingredients at both its Grand Rapids and Holland locations.
The bakery also provides orders for special events, such as corporate celebrations, galas and weddings.
Cakabakery has been featured on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”