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Bake Me Happy Opening Retail Shop in Merion Village

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If you’re like the many around town who simply love the nostalgic treats that Bake Me Happy (who exclusively makes gluten-free goodies) produces, then there’s cause for celebration. They’re moving into a larger space in Merion Village and expanding their services.

Wendy Miller Pugh and Letha Pugh are the mavens behind Bake Me Happy and its success. The company only launched last year, but already they are working on their first food truck, and now, a larger venue with better equipment and the ability to sell retail.

Bake Me Happy is moving to 106 East Moler Street, the former home of Bluebird Bakery. The 2,800 square feet site is a huge step up for the business, who hopes to not only increase productivity with the move, but visibility as well.

“We know how important it is for small businesses to move into neighborhoods that are up and coming,” shares Miller Pugh. “There are definitely skeptics out there, but we feel like we have been able to reach even them with our fun and unique energy and flavor profiles.”

The new place will allow for walk-in customers, a big change as the company only previously sold wholesale. The layout will also permit guests to see exactly how the magic’s made as the production and retail spaces won’t have much division.

Miller Pugh is also in the process of certifying the space Gluten Free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization, an important label for Celiac sufferers and those who need to eat gluten-free.

This move comes with rebranding as well. Jeremy Slagle Designs is helping with a new logo, new product names, and new packaging for Bake Me Happy’s snacks, which will also be in use with their new VW food bus as well.

So the Slow Burn Peanut Butter Cookies will now be called Peanut Butter Burners, the Oatmeal Creme Pies, Oatmeal Creme Clouds, the Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie, Sweet & Salty Dark Chocolate Chippies, and the Twinkies, Spongies.

Once opened, customers will be able to buy directly from the case a few days a week, with hours added on a needed basis. The grand opening is planned for early August, where there will be good eats, prizes, and an up close look at the new facility.

The Bake Me Happy VW Bus hopes to launch this year during Pride festival, so be sure to look for them when you need a sweet treat you can actually feel good about eating.

For more on Bake Me Happy and their menu, visit www.bakemehappygf.com.

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3 Responses to Bake Me Happy Opening Retail Shop in Merion Village

  1. kjmallow1 June 10, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm

    This is great news! They will be a nice addition to the small but very solid Merion Village roster.

  2. Walker Evans
    Walker Evans June 10, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm

    I’ve often thought that small stretch of South Fourth in Merion Village would make a great neighborhood center if it had a few little shops, restaurants and maybe a tiny grocery convenience store (something along the lines of what The Market in Italian Village is planned to be).

  3. ChadM
    ChadM June 10, 2014 4:14 pm at 4:14 pm

    Congrats Wendy and Letha — so excited for you! Can’t wait to check out the store and see you when I’m in town. Hugs, Chad!

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