Lisa Postell learned to bake in the most familiar of classrooms: her great grandmother's kitchen. She and her great grandmother and mother would make cakes and meals for all occasions, and Lisa developed a true passion for the work. After 22 years in the army, she decided to return to that first love, and opened Boro Town Cakes to begin her career as a baker.
Lisa loves to feed people breakfast and lunch at Boro Town Cakes, but her true specialty is dessert. She makes beautiful and elaborate custom cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. She's crafted such creations as a 40th birthday cake topped with a chocolate high heel, an anniversary cake with edible filigree, and cupcakes iced to look like blossoming roses, with all the cake thorns safely removed.
Inside Angel Art Bakery Cafe, multitiered cakes rest on shelves, their colors set off by bright fabric backdrops. Each day, the aromas of fresh cinnamon rolls, scones, and cookies drift from ovens out to guests at colorful tables with matching chairs. Bakers carefully place bride and groom figurines among the frosting flowers of wedding cakes and craft chicken-salad sandwiches ideal for picnics or continued attempts to pretend you aren’t locked outside. During classes, the shop fills with the chatter of pupils wielding frosting guns and spatulas under the supervision of instructors.
Every muffin and loaf of bread that fills Wild Flours with its enticing aroma begins the morning as freshly harvested grain headed for the store's mill. Bakers grind out healthy, whole grain flours from organic, living grains, bagging some for sale while taking a toll with which to create tasty baked goods. Their ovens sear flavor beneath the crispy crusts of cinnamon raisin bread, zucchini bread, and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.
As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.