Maryland Small Business Development Center

Southern Region Success Stories

Serving Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's Counties in Maryland

Charles Street Bakery and Cafe

Charles Street Bakery and Cafe

Charles Street Bakery and Cafe offers a variety of products for breakfast and lunch -but the key to success has been quality cakes and customer service. Special occasion and wedding cakes have been the "staple" item for the past 14 years. Located at 507 Charles Street, La Plata, MD.

Prior to starting this business, Deborah attended the SBDC Southern Region "Start Right for Success" seminar in January 2002. She then became a Client in Feb 2002, found a space and started doing her buildout. In Late April 2002, La Plata was hit by an F4 tornado that significantly damaged the central business district where she was locating, thus delaying her plans. The business finally opened in October 2002.

Business Consultant Bill Hitte has been working with Deborah consistently for the full 14 years. SBDC assistance has included general management, marketing and obtaining financing via a Charles County Economic Development local loan in mid-2014.

In 2015 and again in 2016, Charles Street Bakery was awarded the WeddingWire.com customer voted "5-Star Award" in the "Best Wedding Cake" category. The business now has 3 full time staff and 4 part time staff. More significantly, over the past 3 years (2013 thru 2015), the business has increased revenues each year, averaging an annual 8.5% increase. Overall, annual revenues increased by 27.8% from 2012 to 2015.

Posted: August 01, 2014

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