Summertime in Erie

As we pass the longest day of the year and the official start of Summer we are very excited at all the fun activities coming up at the Bakery and the West Erie Plaza. Once a month in the front courtyard (June 23rd, July 7th, August 4th, and September 1st) we’ll be participating in the Saturday Stroll Under the Arch featuring live music, food trucks, lawn games and a number of in store specials. There is a lot going on in this lovely little courtyard and we want to bring attention to all the things we have to offer.

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The 2018 Gears and Grub Celebration runs between the 19th and 21st of July and this event has really taken on a life of its own. The music is fantastic, the food is amazing and Heidi will probably pulling me from my “breaks” at the Beer Garden at least once a day. If you have a chance this event is really a great time for everyone! We’ll be hosting the inaugural Icing on the Lake Cookie Eating Contest 2:00 on the 20th featuring local celebrities gobbling as many cookies as possible to capture the “Ike Trophy” and win cash for charities of their choice. Unfortunately as I have been training nonstop since Heidi and I started talking about opening the bakery, I will not be participating. I will, however, quality control the official cookies, you know, just to make sure everything is cool.

 

We’re really excited to soon welcome our newest neighbor The Cork! The North East location is consistently inventive and amazing and we cannot wait for their doors (and bar) to open! Construction is going gangbusters, and it won’t be long before that corner of the plaza is filled with very happy diners. Seriously – this place is awesome.

 

We’ll be hosting the fifth annual Dog Days late August and that is always a fun day full of wagging tails and wide smiles throughout the courtyard. We are having a great time in the new location and we’re continually humbled by all the community support and love. We have a bunch of new ideas for products and events in the next few months, and were always committed to giving each and every person that walks through our door a positive memorable experience. It’s great to be surrounded by our neighbors that feel and act the same way! No matter what you are doing this summer have an awesome time, and we hope to see you Under the Arch!

Merry Christmas!

Days have grown shorter and snowflakes have started dancing around the shores of Lake Erie signaling one of my very favorite times of the year – Christmas! The window display is full of freshly baked presents under a brightly lit tree and all around the city the decorations are going up.

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Heidi and I had a fairly eventful Fall and we have a lot to be thankful for as we approach 2018. We were able to take Louie to Nantucket Island in October and spend the better part of a week strolling through the cobblestone streets and eating amazing meals. We also had a chance to visit The Petticoat Row Bakery, which was a big inspiration for our bakery. It was good to see that through all the years and changes, that most of the things that made the quaint little Island Bakery amazing were alive and well.

 

I thought a lot about that (while chewing on some heavenly cookies) and how, in what seems like the blink of an eye, we have been around for six years. Just in that period a lot has changed. We have a new location, new team members, new neighbors, and a lot of new faces coming through the door to join those that have visited us for years. It’s funny how some of the neighborhood “kids” that came to see us are now graduating from College and the newlyweds whose cakes we made years ago are ordering birthday cakes for their children.

 

With all the growth and changes were always looking forward to what’s next, but we always come back to the idea and plan we had when we started – to create an amazing experience for every customer that walked through our door and be a place that our employees looked forward to working. On that cobblestone street in Nantucket with cookie crumbs down my shirt a lot of those feelings came back and for a little while Heidi and I were younger and bright eyed to bring a little of this place back home.

 

Bright Christmas decorations now light up to the drive to and back from work, but even in the cold dark I love this time of year. I love sitting by the Fire with Heidi and Louie watching Charlie Brown and Snoopy skate across a frozen pond, Emmett Otter preparing for his concert and Buddy the Elf spreading Christmas Cheer to NYC. Most of all I love spending time with family and friends, eating and drinking too much and laughing and smiling the whole time.

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This is also the busiest time at the bakery with the heavily caffeinated Icing on the Lake Elves dancing from oven to decorating table at a frenzied pace, and I speak for everyone on this side of the counter when I say how grateful we are for all of you. Thank you so much for your support and being a part of our lives. From all of us at Icing on the Lake we wish you a Very Merry Christmas, a joyous Holiday Season and an amazing New Year.

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Dog Days!

Dog Days at Icing on the Lake!

Dog Day’s was our first event at the new location and met with huge success. Over two hundred pups (and their humans) attended the party and wagging tails filled every corner of the West Erie Plaza Courtyard. The dogs ranged from a Yorkie Puppy to Irish Wolfhounds, a seven week old pitty pup to the elder stateswoman at 16 years young, and each and every dog was treated to eager pets and even sloppy kisses.

Although every four legged attendee received a treat (or three – looking at you Omega Dane), we ran out of bottles and bandanas just after noon. Luckily we’ve been resupplied so all those that missed out can come anytime and pick up their puppy gear!

One of the most attractive things about the West Erie Plaza is their vision and commitment to the community and having an inclusive event for all our family members seemed like a great first event. It was encouraging to see all the young people going from pup to pup asking if they could pet or just ask questions, and several people commented on how great it was to just bring the dogs in public and socialize with others.

We’re so happy to join the new West Erie Plaza and a be a small part of all the great things that they have done, and are going to do for the Erie Community!