Cedar Rapids Bakery Made Famous On Colbert Gets Storefront
It's always exciting news when a small business sees a whole bunch of support from the community. One bakery that's been based in the Newbo City Market for some time now is celebrating a major milestone.
Last year, Stephen Colbert and the team behind the hit late-night talk show showcased multiple small businesses throughout the country. One of those was Shawnniecakes, a bakery run out of Cedar Rapids.
Described as "your local bakery that bakes with love and soul," Shawwniecakes has been a fixture at the Newbo City Market for several years now. Personally, it's one of my favorite vendors to check out whenever I drop in!
I mean...just look at those cupcakes!
The sweet treat store is owned by LeShawn (Shawnie) Smith and her family who have been baking for years.
Shawnie and her mother spent years baking for other people and taking a few classes so they could feel confident to give this venture a go. As reported by the Gazette, the bakery opened back in 2009. Its original name was Shawnniecakes and Mama Pearl's Specialty Treats. The original operation was done out of Shawnnie's own personal kitchen.
You can watch the full segment from last year down below!
Now, after experiencing an influx of support over the past year the team at Shawnniecakes is taking their business to the next level. An exciting post was made on the bakery's Facebook page last week.
The owner said,
"Really there are so many thoughts, words, emotions, and stories that make up these pictures. No matter who says, “No,” what your past consists of and who doesn’t applaud your growth, all it takes is favor and that one “Yes!”
Their second location will be at Collins Community Credit Union on 1800 First Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids, as confirmed by the Gazette. There is no word on when the shop will open for business since the site is currently up for construction.
We'll make sure to keep you updated as we receive more details about where and when it is scheduled to open.
You can check out the initial Facebook post below!
If you're a fan of the bakery's Newbo Market spot, don't worry! Shawnniecakes will continue to operate under their usual hours from Thursday to Sunday in that space.