Steve and Lisa Greene have a pretty simple business plan.
She’ll focus on making it taste good and he’ll focus on making a profit.
Together, the siblings will operate Mini Delights Bake Shoppe, 217 S. Main St., Elkhart. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 15, the bakery will be open again for walk-in orders and cupcakes will be more plentiful again in downtown Elkhart.
217 S. Main St., Elkhart
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday. Saturday hours could be possible.
Kelly Bowdoin and her daughter Ashley (Krieg) Stone opened the bakery, which faces the alley away from Main Street, in December 2009, during both the recession and the cupcake fad.
The business became successful. People loved her cupcakes. In 2012, when The Elkhart Truth/Dining A La King did a search for the best cupcakes, Mini Delights won the reader vote by a wide margin.
The recession is gone, people still love cupcakes and now the business is taking another turn. Stone took over the business from her mother. In January, she ended walk-in hours and focused on catering and large orders. She’s ready to do something else and now, her cousins will take over.
Bowdoin was talking to her sister, Kathy Greene, and things fell into place for family members to take on the business.
Lisa worked there while studying to be a teacher. She has been working as an educator at Bashor Children’s Home.
“I’ve always had a passion for baking,” the 25-year-old said.
“We’ve always said that’s what you should be doing,” added Steve, 31, who operates Kona Ice and other businesses.
Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and the Greenes are discussing potential Saturday hours.
Lisa is using Bowdoin’s recipes. Eventually, she might offer cookies and cakes, but will focus on the cupcakes. The meal catering that has been part of Mini Delights will end.
The Greenes said they’ll likely eventually buy the business, but will operate it for now and make changes slowly as they offer cupcakes to a hungry public.