Cake Placid reopens today after blaze

LAKE PLACID – A local bakery displaced by a major fire earlier this year holds its grand reopening at a new location today.

Cake Placid, now located at 2051 Saranac Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. The bakery’s previous home on Station Street was destroyed in a Jan. 25 fire that also uprooted three other businesses: Placid Boatworks, Rick’s Taxi and Griffith Energy.

The bakery’s owner, Jennifer Gates, said she’s excited to be back in business.

“It’s been a really long, overwhelming three months since the fire,” she said. “I could probably say I’ve had less sleep and more work than I ever did even in running the bakery before. It’s been a lot of hard work in trying to find a space and acquire the equipment. Working with limited funds, I had to search for used equipment and used pieces of furniture and just really be frugal going into this.

“Baking is what I love to do, and I’ve been doing it ever since the fire happened. I’ve been baking and still filling orders. I’m just glad to be in a larger space with the right equipment now.”

Gates said she looked at a few locations before deciding on the Saranac Avenue storefront. She said her bakery is now located in an “up and coming” part of Lake Placid’s business community; she shares a shopping plaza with Terry Robards Wines & Spirits, Green Goddess Natural Market and Lake Placid Hot Yoga, among others.

Gates said a Feb. 1 community fundraiser at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery helped her secure the storefront.

“I was able to get enough in donations to cover the startup aspect of it,” she said. “First month’s deposits, securing the electrician, the plumber – that’s where that helped a lot. And also in paying for the temporary space where I went in to bake right after the fire – paying for that space.

“Insurance is gradually coming into play now. A lot of it has been clearing out savings and making it happen.”

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