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Sweet Treats Cupcake Bar | 3/13/2012
If you`re a big fan of the show "Cupcake Wars", a new business in downtown Bismarck might sound appealing. A family has moved into the former Patisserie on 4th, but the bakery model will stay.
Sweet Treats owner Rachel Allerdings has less than a month under her apron, but she`s already gaining a reputation for her tasty creations.
"It`s been great, to be with all these businesses downtown. We have a lot of loyal customers that come in and our knoephla soup goes so quickly. Wednesday is our knoephla soup day and we sell out every time."
Last month, Allerdings moved into a small storefront next to the Toasted Frog on 4th street to try her hand at her own cupcake bar.
"I`ve always loved baking and have been doing it after my eight to five job and just decided that it was something I loved to do. Wanted to continue and have it as a job," she said.
In addition to serving up breakfast and lunch, Allerdings also handles a number of specialty orders. She also caters birthday parties, weddings and other private events, providing that extra special something for dessert.
"We have a couple weddings set up for summertime. Cupcakes have been huge for weddings, so a cupcake bar is a perfect place to go."
So far, the build-your-own cupcake bar is a two-person operation, but Allerdings says she has had plenty of help from her husband and her parents in getting the store remodeled and getting the business up and running. She says repeat business is strong, as her customers enjoy the variety and the ability to make their own cupcake creations.
"Choosing your own cupcake, choosing your own frosting, choosing your toppings has been so fun. Doesn`t matter if you`re five or 80. Doesn`t matter, they`ve all had fun coming in to do it."
It`s a colorful bakery that could be the icing on what`s already a diverse cake of downtown businesses.
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