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Lancaster Cupcake was started on the belief that a cupcake could have the power to impact someone’s day. This belief is rooted and evident in the story of Emily and Jeff Mitchell, the husband-and-wife founders. Emily began baking for friends, family and co-workers while she was studying to become a nurse. The couple experienced misfortune when Jeff’s company’s owner became the focus of an FBI investigation and was later charged with embezzlement. Using the money they had left in their account, the Mitchells purchased a food truck in response to the high amounts requests for their cupcakes. Later that same year, the Mitchells were featured on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, where they were finalists, taking second place. The business has since expanded into a full bakery, a retail store in downtown Lancaster, more food trucks and a new kiosk.

“The environment at Lancaster Cupcake is always very welcoming, no matter which location you choose to visit,” says Cassie Kreider, manager at the Orange Street location. “As a former customer of Lancaster Cupcakes myself, I think our customers like our cupcakes because they are unlike anything else out there. The flavors are unique and change weekly and with the seasons, which allows the customers to try a wide variety of different cupcakes.” 

In addition to providing treats for events, Lancaster Cupcakes offers a variety of venues that can be used for events themselves. The Orange Street location has a party room which can host 12 seated and 20 if it extends into the store, and can do fun decorating parties where everyone can get in on the action. The food trucks are also available for rental to arrive at any event as a sweet surprise. 

In England tea time is a right of passage, but here in the U.S., enjoying tea with friends or family is often reserved for special occasions.

Luckily, Pennsylvania is flush with tea rooms serving up everything from simple cream teas to delectable sandwiches, pastries and savory treats.

These tea rooms invite guests to step away from the rush of everyday life and enjoy a few hours sipping tea and enjoying the company of colleagues.

 

INSPIRATION

The texture of the Norman Arch leading into the historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia inspired this clean, midcentury modern table.

DETAILS

This summer table fit for a special event, such as a chairman’s dinner, features a mix of midcentury design with modern elements. Carolyn Rizzo, head designer of Garnish, says this technique is easily accomplished in décor but challenging to pull off in event design.

 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program. More than 30 years old, it has supported the creation of 4,000 public art pieces that have transformed public spaces and helped the city earn the nickname “City of Murals.” Decorating facades of buildings in neighborhoods throughout the city, the organization even offers mural tours (our own Maureen Hennessey experienced one last year). Now, the organization has announced something new and exciting – a 10-episode radio broadcast starting with a large-scale performance on Independence Mall.