Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cupcake Happy Hour: Apotheca Salon, Shuze and Guerilla Cupcakes

This Thanksgiving Eve, instead of going to a high school reunion, I invited a couple of young female entrepreneurs to meet for cupcake happy hour. I'd heard about a company called Guerilla Cupcakes, and reached out to its owner, Marina, by email. She offered to bring "samples" over to the south side of Bethlehem, where my friends Amanda and Jennifer are both small business owners. Marina got her start in October when, after baking for friends and neighbors, she branded her company with a cute skull and crossbones logo and brought the goods to the Day of the Day celebration in Allentown. She imports some of her ingredients from her hometown in Puerto Rico, and is happy to mix up a batch of all-organic or vegan cupcakes. She doesn't have a storefront (yet... we are encouraging her though), but she does take orders. She moved to the Valley to be near her boyfriend, also a transplant working at Lutron. If you're craving a cupcake with a unique flavor, email Marina or call 347.839.3239.

Marina, la reina de cupcakes.

Some of Guerilla Cupcakes' amazing treats - Puerto Rican vanilla with vanilla butter cream, Smoldering Chocolate with chocolate orange butter cream, and carroty cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

Amanda and her business partner Julie started Apotheca Salon after many years working as estheticians at other salons. After a while, they both realized they wanted to do more for their clients, and finding the perfect spot at 101 East Third Street in Bethlehem, they opened Apotheca this summer. Their style is casual and unpretentious, eco-friendly and always ahead of the trends. In addition to skin care services, including waxing, visitors can shop in Apotheca's boutique, try out new skin care and makeup products, get a spray tan, and have their hair cut, colored and styled by Apotheca's stylists. I've been a loyal customer since 2006 and am thrilled to see their business taking off. To make an appointment, call 484.821.1497.

A few of Apotheca's yummy treats.

Amanda King, one of the two owners of Apotheca Salon, and our gracious hostess.

Finally, Jennifer Mann and her partner Rich opened Shuze two years ago at 17 East Third Street on the South Side of Bethlehem. They have since expanded, opening a store next to Wired Cafe at 520 Main Street in Bethlehem, too. Their philosophy is: shoes, handbags, clothing, accessories, *fun. Both stores are go-to places to shop for yourself or for a gift for a fashionable friend or family member. If you're not sure what the of-the-moment accessory is, trust Shuze's fashionistas to recommend. There's never pressure to buy, and you leave feeling great, even if you don't get anything this time. Believe me, you'll be back. If your gift isn't the perfect fit (like the pair of shoes I tried to buy for my bf), returns are welcome. Shuze is offering $30 for $60 on Groupon today, so now's a good time to sign up if you haven't yet... 50% off accessories and shoes? Yes, please.

Jennifer Mann, actually sitting down (a rare sight), yes, she's the one that owns Shuze and won the Young Athena Award, NOT the state rep.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11/30/2010

    this was a fun get together. We should do this more often.