Bakery Opened – Aug. 19, 2002
Coffeehouse expansion opened – Nov. 3, 2005
Starry Night Bakery Coffeehouse NOW OPEN
It all started the day I walked away from UMBC and left my college career in that dark slide show room. What I was studying was not making me happy. I felt frustrated sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day, I knew there was something that would make me happy. I found it one Sunday baking a cake and playing in the kitchen for hours. I wanted to bake! I set off for Boulder, CO where I attended Cooking School of the Rockies for Pastry Arts. Upon returning from Boulder I worked in many bakeries and learned a lot.
2002 – Its time. I set out to find a space I could start my Bakery. After a loooong hunt for a property holder to trust a 25 year old girl with a dream the shop was created. Starry Night Bakery was born into a 1,200 square foot storefront. I’d bake in the morning, decorate in the afternoon, and finally felt I was where I was supposed to be. I exchanged the desk life for an oven and a spatula…and I couldn’t be happier. Upon the fast spreading news of a unique cake bakery in Westminster the shop was becoming a little tight on room.
2005 – I expanded and took over the space next to me and put in a coffeehouse & retail bakery area. Making the existing shop into all kitchen. Many years passed, numerous Open Mics were held, baby showers, surprise birthday parties were thrown and really amazing traveling bands (like Ashes Remain) played the coffeehouse. We became much more than a bakery. Through icing, flour, coffee, and whimsy- we were part of the Westminster family.
2010 – I chose to build an open air kitchen in the vast coffeehouse space and give up our original 1,200 square foot space. I wanted to get back to cakes…what I loved to do. Giving up the space where it all started was very hard. That final day I had in my original kitchen where I invented the “whimsy” was very emotional…lots of good memories are in those walls. We had some good food fights in there!
Now don’t get me wrong…the coffeehouse was super fun & I met a ton of awesome people that are now lifelong friends.
After much debate and sleepless nights pondering what to do, I shrunk the 3,600 sqr ft bakery down to 2,400. We updated to a sleek new layout that allowed customers to be just feet away from a wedding cake being created. It changed the experience of the bakery, bringing our customers closer.
Business boomed in the following couple months and Starry Night Bakery was on its way to LA to film for Cupcake Wars. Amber and I had no clue what we had gotten into! Amazingly exhausting!
Being on the Food Network was an unbelievable adventure. An opportunity I never thought I’d have the chance to experience.
It is really touching every time I hear “you were robbed…you should have won!” Everything happens for a reason. I was left one notch back, wanting more, & craving victory. This fueled the fire in me to expand the cupcake line, tripling our options to show the world all I am capable of. What “TV” judges have to say means nothing in comparison to our loyal customers that allow us to be a part of their most special, cherished occasions.
2012- 10 years of Baking Memories – WOW, I sat back and said 10 years… what a ride. Thank you. I cannot say that enough.
Thank you to my customers who allow me to be creative and eccentric and play with cake! You are a part of this dream.
This new website is launching a new breath into Starry Night. A new logo has been created marking our 10 years.
A new shop experience is also on its way…. drop by to check it out 🙂