In a time of economic uncertainty, Angela Hendricks of Pasco is making a leap of faith. Leap Day is the grand opening of her new bakery, Sugar Britches Cakes and More! in West Richland.
The celebration is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with the ribbon-cutting at 4:30 p.m. There will be free cake samples, and cupcakes will be available to buy.
The bakery's name is an old family term of endearment.
"Sugar Britches is what my granddad used to call my mom and me, too, when I was little," Hendricks said.
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The bakery is in a remodeled warehouse where she and her husband, Michael, manage a bounce house company, Bouncin' Bins. In recent months, they have installed plumbing, ovens and work tables, turning the front portion of the warehouse into a bakery.
Hendricks only recently discovered she had a knack for cake decorating. Last year, the owner of the bounce house company mentioned he would like to provide party cakes, as well as air-filled play sets.
"He was talking about buying them at the grocery store. I said, 'I can do this.' So I began making them at home and posting photos of them on Facebook to see what my friends thought. People began ordering them like crazy," she said.
Soon, Hendricks realized she had built up a client base.
"Doing cakes for family and friends by request had grown to become a business," she said.
In October, she packed up her cake pans, pastry bags and began baking her cake orders at the Pasco Specialty Kitchen. For ideas, she relies on books, magazines and the internet.
"I do a lot of party cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, ice cream cakes, anything that anyone wants for showers, birthdays, weddings, any event," she said.
The only thing Hendricks won't do is bake with nuts.
"I have a friend whose daughter is very allergic to peanuts, which makes me sensitive to that issue," she said. She also offers gluten-free and sugar-free options.
Hendricks runs the bakery by herself with help from her husband and a foster daughter, Genny Evans.
"She bakes a lot of the cupcakes and mixes the frostings and fondant I use for decorating. And of course, she loves to wash my dishes," Hendricks joked.
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