When Piece of Love opened at 6768 W. Lincoln Ave. in West Allis final February, it marked a milestone for native entrepreneur and cake baker, Ana Gonzalez, who channeled years of expertise into creating her personal brick and mortar retail store.
Following the opening, Gonzalez says it took a couple of 12 months for the store to realize its stride. However as enterprise grew, she says, she was additionally in a position to garner sufficient capital to cowl the prices of changing the unique retail store into the cake and occasional store that she’d needed to open from the start.
The transformation of the store befell over a two month interval this summer time, with the majority of the key work – together with the addition of latest plumbing and electrical – taking place on Sundays when the store was closed. Gonzalez was additionally in a position to buy an espresso machine for the store, permitting her to offer a menu of espresso and espresso-based drinks.
At present, company will discover a shiny welcoming store with a wide range of seating choices, from conversational tables to informal delicate seating.
On the beverage menu, company will discover choices like housemade smoothies made with recent frozen fruit ($4.25 – $5.20), agua fresca in flavors together with lemonade, jamaica (hibiscus), tamarindo, passionfruit, pink guava and strawberry jamaica lemonade ($2.70 – $4.89) , blended frappes (cookie dough, dulce de leche, tres leches, cookies and cream, caramel mocha, $4.99 – $5.59).
Piece of Love additionally provides scorching chocolate, scorching or iced tea and a full espresso and espresso menu together with signature espresso drinks together with a tres leches latte and cajeta cinnamon latte ($4.99 – $5.59).
A bakery case on the counter can also be crammed with housemade gadgets together with muffins (cinnamon chocolate chip and blueberry), fruit tarts, cake pops, flan and a collection of truffles in flavors like chocolate, carrot and tres leches.
Seasonal gadgets, together with autumnal gadgets like pumpkin cupcakes, are additionally accessible with choices altering on a month-to-month foundation.
Along with the truffles bought from the case on the store, Piece of Love additionally provides a full complement of customized adorned truffles. Selections will embrace vanilla, traditional chocolate, strawberry, tres leches, butter pecan, crimson velvet or marble, in addition to fillings. Customized touches together with edible or recent flowers, collectible figurines, balloons or personalised cake toppers are additionally accessible. Clients can view the complete choice (and place orders) on-line or by calling the store at (414) 233-9010.
Company also can pre-order espresso, muffins and baked items for curbside pick-up on the Piece of Love web site. Supply may even be accessible by means of Grubhub and DoorDash starting subsequent week.
Gonzalez, who has all the time hoped to offer again to the group by means of her enterprise, says she can also be working to accomplice with native non-profits in an effort to arrange campaigns to lift funds for his or her work. organizations are invited to achieve out to her by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transferring ahead, she wish to launch on-line cake adorning courses to share the entire information she’s gathered over time.
It is taken endurance and onerous work, however Gonzalez says she’s blissful that is she’s been in a position to transfer her enterprise ahead step-by-step.
“After I began, I needed every little thing to be excellent from the start,” says Gonzalez. “However one of many greatest issues I’ve realized is that it takes time.”
“I have been fortunate to have a lot help from my household. They’ve helped me to check all of my recipes. And my husband has been wonderful. He refocused all of his vitality on the store for the primary 12 months we had been open in order that I may actually get located with out burning out.”
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Piece of Love is open Monday from 7 am to five pm, Tuesday by means of Friday from 7 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 7 am to five pm