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The Suburbanite
  • Blake’s Café and Cupcakery has new owners

  • Blake’s Café and Cupcakery in the Town Park Center on Massillon Road in Green has been sold to new owners. The last owners, Marcie and Derek Williams, closed the popular eatery on Feb. 15. It will re-open on Feb. 18 under the same name but with two new owners.

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  • Blake’s Café and Cupcakery in the Town Park Center on Massillon Road in Green has been sold to new owners. The last owners, Marcie and Derek Williams, closed the popular eatery on Feb. 15. It will re-open on Feb. 18 under the same name but with two new owners.
    The Williams’ bought what used to be the Arabica coffee shop on Feb. 15, 2009 to open Blake’s Café and Cupcakery for a number of reasons. First, Marcie wanted to open a retail spot to expand on her gift basket business. Second, she wanted to be home more often for her then 9-year-old son Blake, who has autism.  
    “We’re closing and selling the shop now because my passion for running is not as great as it was,” Marcie said. “I was trying to do a great thing for my son in trying to build up his social interaction. Now that he is older, he wants to do other things.”
    Marcie said her son has developed a nice skill set because of interacting with customers. When he was at the café, he would hand customers their coffee and cupcakes and always had a compliment for everyone who came in the door.
    “He went from hiding in the back when we first opened to racing out front every time he heard the bell,” she said. “At first, he told customers not to come back. Now he is talking with them.”
    Typically, Marcie said, children with autism have one-sided conversations, and after being at the café for four years, Blake is now having two-way conversations.
    “We accomplished a really big goal by opening the café when it comes to Blake. We have made so many friends that we will stay in touch with,” Marcie said. “We couldn’t have picked a better community than Green. The customers were loyal, the city, the chamber and the schools were so supportive.”
    She also said that the decision to move on was difficult. The last day included holding an open house all day to say goodbye to their customers and give them a chance to say hello to the new owners.
    Mary Coward and Becky Bonheimer, both from Suffield, contacted Marcie after seeing a Facebook post that the café was closing. Coward said they will be keeping the name, the cupcakes and the gift baskets. They plan to add a few new items to the menu.
    “We’re adding pies, cakes, cookies and brownies to the baked goods and paninis to the sandwich menu,” Coward said. “We are keeping all of the popular cupcakes such as the Ohio Buckeyes and Red Corvette, plus we have a few additional in the works we’re going add.”
    Regular customers were happy to hear the coffee and cupcake shop had been purchased and would remain open. One group that meets every other Thursday comes in for the flavored coffee and the cupcakes to enjoy while chatting and knitting.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We’re a group of friends that have been meeting here about a year,” said Katie Bilderback of Doylestown. “It’s nice to sit by the fireplace, chit-chat, drink coffee and try out new flavors of cupcakes.”
    Though he will no longer have the cupcakery on his list, Blake, now in middle school, will have plenty to do. He is looking forward to playing the trumpet in the band and starting cross-country next fall. He is working on his third consecutive year of perfect attendance at school.