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Bakery and cafe to open in Midtown this spring

Jessica Bouren, owner of Cake Ambition

Cake Ambition is coming to Third Street.

In the seven years since starting her business, Cake Ambition owner Jessica Bouren has baked and crafted her specialty cakes out of a number of shared locations, from family kitchens to Traffic Jam & Snug, where she currently rents kitchen facilities. But this March, Bouren will finally have a place to call her own.

Cake Ambition will open a storefront at 4154 Third St. this March. The shop will operate as a bakery and cafe, allowing Bouren to bake in the back while customers enjoy cake and coffee at the cafe tables up front. There will also be a retail area where Bouren will carry products from local makers: coffees, teas, jams, and nuts will be complemented by a wall of old-fashioned candy.

The main focus, of course, will remain on her cakes.

Bouren can make a cake shaped like just about anything. She's made cakes that look like pirate ships and basketball sneakers, Mad Hatter hats and Jeeps. She's even made a cake in the shape of Lionel Richie's head.

She's been eyeing this particular location for five years, having first spotted the distinctive lime green storefront while out walking her dog. And it just so happened that the building's owner has been keeping their eye out for Bouren, too. Her landlord owns the floral shop Blossoms right next door.

"The owner was very interested in Cake Ambition as a tenant. It's a good combination for a cake shop to move in next to florists," says Bouren. "He held that space for me for a year."

Bouren is designing the shop to reflect her own style, which she characterizes as eclectic. She says it will have a vintage mid-century vibe mixed in with bright pops of color.

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MJ Galbraith is Model D's development news editor. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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