Even with a generous dollop of frosting on top, it’s a business decision. June continues to be a month of change for Pike/Pine businesses as long-term leases are reassessed and business plans modified. Today, the couple behind the CakeSpy Shop announced they are closing down their retail effort on Capitol Hill.
“CakeSpy as a business and product line is not disappearing, but we’ve decided to go down different paths than the gallery,” CakeSpy’s Jessie Oleson said in a statement sent out Thursday afternoon.
She said the shop had become “less and less” aligned with her CakeSpy business. She also said many people had wandered into the E Pine store expecting a bakery.
Danny Oleson writes that the plan is to put the store up for sale — minus the CakeSpy name:
As some of you may know, Jessie Oleson, founder of CakeSpy, moved to Philadelphia a number of months ago to take advantage of an artist grant that would help her advance and grow the CakeSpy name. During that time, Danny Oleson and store manager Natalie Samford have been taking care of the store. As the CakeSpy brand has evolved during this time and Jessie has pursued writing cookbooks, the retail store fits less and less with the overall mission–understandably, after reading the blog and her books, many customers expect the store to be a bakery! As a result, we’ve lovingly decided to sell the retail storefront business, and we wanted let you, our wonderfully supportive community, know what was up.As those of you who were customers of Bluebottle Art Gallery before us know, when Jessie and I took over the store, we changed the name, but we continued the tradition of featuring innovative, exciting and local and national artists making unique products that you can’t find elsewhere, and we want to sell to someone who will continue that tradition. The store is perfect for someone who wants a working studio where retail hours can be kept, and if the new owner has their own wholesale business, it is perfect for storing product and fulfilling orders. Please note that while the name “CakeSpy Shop” will not be included in the sale, all of the store fixtures (including newly installed lighting and flooring!) will be included, and the buyer will be entitled to maintain all of the consignment products in the store and is permitted to use the name “Bluebottle Art Gallery” if desired. This is to say–everything is available except for the name “CakeSpy Shop”.So, interested in taking over a wonderful gallery? Oh, goody.We are asking $10,000. The store’s rent will be in addition to this cost. You will get:The Bluebottle name and related online propertiesA killer Capitol Hill location (note, the buyer will be taking over the lease)A built out and stocked store – purchase will include existing wholesale stock, furnishings and equipment save a couple of exceptions, and existing consignment relationships so that the current consignment stock will carry over for those artists who choose to continue their relationship with the store.A software system that serves for point of sale, inventory management, expense tracking, consignment payments and more.An existing base of loyal customersTalk to us to find out more! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, emails sent to any other address will not be able to be answered.Love,Danny Oleson/CakeSpy Shop
The CakeSpy shop debuted on E Pine in May 2010 after a transformation of the Bluebottle Gallery. It neighbors Gamma Ray Games which CHS reported is undergoing big changes of its own as the venture launches a new gaming cafe in the Travelers space later this summer.
There’s no set date for the CakeSpy Shop’s last day of business.
“It has truly been an amazing experience to share CakeSpy with so many amazing people in this format,” Jessie Oleson said. “It’s been humbling to have visitors from far and wide come to share wonderful art, food stories, and of course to buy CakeSpy (and other) art!” You can read her full announcement at cakespyshop.com.