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Paula Vega shop enjoying sweet success

Sep. 21, 2011 @ 07:45 PM

HUNTINGTON — One  year after she started selling her cupcakes out of the Third & Ninth Street Deli, Paula Vega has moved out into her own business on 9th Street.

“The two businesses complimented each other. What happened was that we just outgrew our space,” Vega said. “We needed our own building just to keep up with demand. We had our soft opening on Aug. 22, with a formal grand opening on Sept. 2. It took us about two months to move into the new shop. We needed to put in all of the kitchen equipment, put the counters in, and paint the walls. We had a lot of help from our family and friends as well as our staff.”

Vega is offering a large variety of cupcakes in flavors ranging from chocolate to banana to red velvet. The assortment of cupcakes available changes each day, and there will be seasonal flavors coming in the fall and winter. Each comes with a filling such as chocolate ganache, peanut butter or strawberry made with fresh berries. Cupcakes sell for a $2.25 each or $20 for a dozen. Batches of cupcakes can be special ordered for customers with special diet needs such as vegan, egg free, gluten-free or sugarless cake.

“There’s a national trend towards cupcakes that seems to have a universal appeal,” Vega said.

The store also sells full-sized cakes by the slice ranging in price for $2.25 to $3.75. Flavors range from a South American style Tres Leche to lemon. Whole cakes range in an assortment of sizes from a 6-inch round cake for $20 to a full sheet cake for $120.

Customers looking to special-order a full-size cake should call at least 48 hours ahead while those looking for a order of cupcakes should call 24 hours ahead. Since the store tends to book up on weekends and holidays, it’s preferable to call ahead.

Paula Vega Cakes & Cupcakes is located at 308 9th St. It is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted.  For carry-out, special orders, or more information, call 304-972-2253.

If you go: Paula Vega Cakes & Cupcakes

Type of food: Bakery, dessert

Address: 308 9th St., Huntington

Phone number: 304-972-2253

Payments accepted: Cash and credit/debit.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sunday

Website: www.paulavegacakes.com.

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