We thought doughnuts were the new cupcakes, but it looks like cupcakes are here to stay.
A specialty bakeshop featuring 45 different flavors of the mini-cakes opened Saturday at 550 Grant Street in Denver. Franchisee and Stapleton resident Carrie Bach says she sold over 1,200 cupcakes during this weekend's opening of Gigi's Cupcakes.
The shop serves up cakes with wholesome and kid-friendly names like "Apple Spice and Everything Nice," "Flower Power," "Miss Princess" and "Root Beer Float." The products are all-natural, Bach says, with dairy from Colorado-based Royal Crest and Morning Fresh, and all of its spices and extracts from Savory Spice Shop.
In addition to cupcakes, the store also offers Denver-based Coda coffee, local tea, Oogave soda and Big B's cider. To draw in morning customers, Bach is also offering $1 coffee and $1 off "morning" cupcakes, like the Health Nut and the Apple Spice, before 10 a.m. every day.
While the shop is just a dildo's length away from another cupcake-friendly bakery, the erotic cake shop Le Bakery Sensual, Bach says the two businesses won't butt heads. "I would never go into anywhere where I thought I was going to threaten anyone's business," she says. "We don't do cakes, we don't work with fondant and air-brushing. They are cake artists."
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Bach got interested in opening the franchise after interviewing founder Gina Butler for Entrepreneur magazine. There are several cupcake chains out there -- Sprinkles and Magnolia among them -- but none of them are franchised, she notes.
There are currently more than a dozen Gigi's shops, mostly in Kentucky and Tennessee; the original store is in Nashville. Another shop is slated to open in Littleton in early July.
This Gigi's is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 303-777-0698.