By Todd Ortbring
Chelsea’s Glee Cake & Pastry is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a week-long event and wedding cake tasting.
The celebration kicks off Nov. 10 as part of the Wine, Women & Shopping event. Glee will host a wedding cake tasting from noon to 3 p.m. for prospective brides and grooms, and their guests. The celebration continues throughout the week and features daily specials, prize drawings, entertainment and more.
Executive Pastry Chef Glee Havens opened her retail bake shoppe in November 2011, offering classic European-style cakes, wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes, dessert bars and pastries. She also caters to local high-end restaurants, caterers and event planners.
“This first year has been amazing,” Havens said. “Business has been great, we have met so many wonderful people and I am having an absolute blast baking every day.”
A year of smiles
When she opened the business a year ago, Havens wasn’t sure how her tasty creations would be received. It took about two days after she opened for her to realize that her shoppe was being embraced by the community, and soon after, from places like Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Chicago, Grand Rapids and Toledo.
“We had a hard time keeping up with demand when we first opened,” Glee said. “The holidays were fast approaching and people were very curious. We sure opened with a bang.”
Word spread like the scrumptious mousse filling that are the center of her gourmet cupcakes and business has been booming ever since.
“We are fortunate to have a following of regulars now, some from out of town, that have discovered us on their way through the area. They stop in whenever they are back this way,” Glee explained. “We had a customer stop on their way back to Chicago to pick up a turtle cheesecake, which made it’s way onto the set of the Oprah show - word is Oprah absolutely loved it!”
The wedding cake tasting on Nov. 11 features a sampling a cakes, gourmet cupcakes, and other desserts. The event is free for for brides, grooms, and $5 for guests.
Reservations are required for the event and can be made by calling 734-475-3000 or stopping by in person. Space is limited on a first come basis.
Brides/couples that book a wedding that day will receive a free anniversary cake certificate.
Glee Cake & Pastry is also now accepting orders for the holiday season including corporate gift packages for select Glee cakes, cupcakes and cookies.