Not Surprised: I have reviewed Sweet Lorraines at the Irvine Spectrum twice. Both times I was forced to give a bad review. So I wasn't surprised to not see Sweet Lorraines when I stopped by the Spectrum on Friday night. You can't expect a bad cupcakery to stay in business. Natural selection applies to cupcake shops too.
Surprised! I was surprised to see another cupcake shop in its place. The name of the new bakery is SweetSpot Baker's Workshop. My first thought was, oh no, I hope it's not going to be the same as Sweet Lorraines but with a different name. Fortunately, when I opened my google reader this morning I found a post by the Fast Food Maven detailing this new shop.
SweetSpot opens today and will sell cupcakes for $3.25. So what makes them different? They will also offer make-you-own-cupcake services. For $4.25 you can pick a flavor of cupcake and then decorate it with your own toppings and frosting. I think this is a great idea for birthday parties and decorating classes. I'm not sure how many people will want to decorate their own cupcakes during their shopping experience. But this is definitely a new concept...I have not heard of any other cupcakery offering this service.
I haven't reviewed a cupcakery in a while so I think I will need to take a trip to the Irvine Spectrum sometime this week. It just won't be on Black Friday.