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Cool off at The Cakery

The Cakery, located at the corner of Allen and Elmwood, is a welcome retreat from these lazy, hazy summer days. I stopped in yesterday to cool off and found myself overwhelmed by all of the flavors of ice cream that were available. I guess I don’t normally go out for ice cream… for me it’s a rare treat. That’s why I was like a kid in a candy shop when I saw all of the selections. Not only does The Cakery stock a tantalizing array of Lake Effect favorites, The Cakery also rotates a number of limited edition flavors on a regular basis. Flavors like Levitreland (homage to Buffalo Bills’ offensive guard) – strawberry cheesecake ice cream with chocolate covered pretzels. 

Justina Adams, owner of The Cakery, told me that the best selling ice cream flavors have been the salty caramel and cake batter. I asked to sample the loganberry, which I found to be super creamy and flavorful. See what I mean about an array of unusual flavors? Did you know that Lake Effect ice cream is made locally? That’s right, whenever you get a cone at The Cakery, it’s guaranteed that the ice cream has been made within the past week at Lake Effect (Facebook). You might be paying a little extra for freshness and flavor, but rest assured the product has not been sitting around in some refrigerated cooler waiting for a supermarket delivery truck to rescue it. 
Hopefully soon The Cakery’s patio permit will be approved, since summer is upon us and it would add a lot of life to that corner. Justina is also waiting for a hanging corner sign to arrive – that will also be a nice addition to the building. I’m a big fan of the colorful facade that has been painted, and the interior is bright and clean. Man, I didn’t even mention the display case full of cupcakes… I guess that will have to wait for another day. Until then, let’s support this small neighborhood business, since it is doing all of the right things to create a cool welcoming destination in Allentown. 

The Cakery (see history) – Facebook
94 Elmwood Ave, 
Buffalo, NY
1 (716) 882-2211

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Captain Picard

    Best of luck. The interior is looking good, and here’s hoping you have better success than Sweet Tooth.
    Hope you got permission for the hanging sign. If not, watch out–The Allentown Mafia will be on your back before you know it!

  • RaChaCha

    Do they have Lake Effect’s Punditella–?
    Or custom flavors named for any other local bloggers–?

  • LouisTully

    Did Sweet Tooth have poor success? I thought they did well; but closed because of other circumstances.

  • Captain Picard

    Well I’m not sure of the particulars, but closing your doors generally means you were unsuccessful–at least in the end. They were around a long time at their old location, but I think they made a huge mistake moving into this one. Allen and Elmwood is not the best place to turn a profit with a boutique business. There are too many undesirable conditions and restrictions that contribute to a lousy business environment. High rents, petty crime, vandalism, and vagrancy plague this area. It may be unpopular for me to say that, but it’s the truth.

  • ShiftySixx

    From BizJournal:
    “According to its Facebook page, Sweet Tooth’s operators said the closing was because of “family health issues, increased expenses, and too much uncertainty. We are very sad to be saying goodbye.”
    I always liked it there when it was sweet tooth, if they were anything they were consistent; which is hard to come by in Buffalo sometimes. Love, love love, Lake Effect ice cream so I’ll be popping in to check out the new digs. I’ve brought my 2 year old here when it was sweet tooth and I’ve never had any problems with vagrants or crime and I’ve never felt threatened. I guess it just depends on your definition of feeling safe. Still hate to see areas chastised because of their location. I like seeing places like urban roots, flying bison and 5 points bakery succeeding in the suppossed “undesirable” environments.

  • Captain Picard

    I never said that I don’t feel safe there. I said that the location has many undesirable qualities, and that *maybe* this contributed to their decline. Just because YOU have never experienced crime or vagrancy doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Most Allentown residents will confirm what I’m saying, if only privately.
    And of course, “increased expenditures” and “too much uncertainty” are both cash flow issues, which is typically why a business fails.
    I’m not saying it’s funny or that they deserved it. I just think that that particular corner is a risky investment for any business. Because it is. Unless, of course, you’re selling inexpensive food at all hours of the day, which is why The Towne and Jim’s Steakout have no trouble thriving.

  • Perry

    I am happy to see they changed the paint scheme outside their shop. I never figured out why Sweet Tooth had a gray/black paint job…seemed a little dreary for a place that sold sweet stuff.

  • LouisTully

    Sounds to me like savvy business-people. Sort of like that Seinfeld episode: knowing when to leave on the high note.
    I guess watching The Cakery will confirm or deny your perceptions.

  • LouisTully

    Why is Cantina Loco thriving?

  • whatever

    You’re suggesting a suburban flavor like Punditella in a city business?
    What next – Strawberry Sprawl?
    (haha – that might be pretty good, although a flavor like that could never be taxed enough for its mysterious fair share…)

  • whatever

    You’re suggesting a suburban flavor like Punditella in a city business?
    What next – Strawberry Sprawl?
    (haha – that might be pretty good, although a flavor like that could never be taxed enough for its mysterious fair share…)

  • whatever

    I wonder if the people who complained so much about its name are even going there. Probably so!

  • whatever

    Sorry for duplicate, and now I see how easily those can happen on here without clicking Submit twice. Using the back/forward arrow in browser resubmitted that same one again when I clicked back for replying to LT.
    The trick to avoiding duplicating here must be to redisplay Home before coming back to a thread for another comment.

  • BuffaloQPublic

    The departed Sweet Tooth probably neglected courtship of old customers and new customers. A Banana split was almost the price of bargain pizza at Pizza Hut or a chicken dinner at the Niagara Cafe.
    The Cakery owners appear geared to do so and with creativity. During the Allentown Festival they had a memorable “cupcake” (costumed person) inviting folks into their place.
    Best wishes to the purveyors of delectable!

  • sonyactivision

    In 4 cake

  • LouisTully

    Been there yet, Cap? I was in there the other day and it was packed.