Our Cupcakery’s Storefront!

*This is the third post in our Delicious Dublin blog series.

I discovered Our Cupcakery during my first visit to Dublin a couple of years ago. My mom, sister, and I were on the hunt for an after-lunch treat. Greeted by the scent of fresh-baked goodies and a friendly staff member, it was that first visit that solidified my love of Our Cupcakery’s Triple Chocolate cupcake. In this post, I have the pleasure of sharing my fondness for one of Historic Dublin’s sweet spots.

A family business, Our Cupcakery is owned by Linda and Tom Kick. Their daughter, Laura (who just got married – congratulations, by the way!) is the wedding consultant. Suzie, Anne, Andrew, Lean and Annette make up the rest of the culinary team. The shop is located at 16 N High Street in Historic Dublin.

A Holiday Favorite – Gingerbread Houses!

At the moment, the Our Cupcakery staff is hard at work taking orders and making gingerbread houses and cookies for the holidays. You can purchase a Farm House (about a 12” square) and Gingerbread Cookies for $89.95 or a Manor Home (13” x 8” x 14” H) and Gingerbread Cookies for $139.95. Custom designed houses are also available. *Orders placed by tomorrow, November 1, receive an additional dozen of gingerbread cookies. 

Tip: Our Cupcakery’s seasonal treat is a Pumpkin Caramel cupcake. It is available through Thanksgiving.

Hands down, one of the most unique aspects of Our Cupcakery is their Cupcake Bar, where customers can build their own cupcake (or sugar cookie). You get to choose the type of cake you want and then top it with your favorite icing and decorations (sprinkles, crushed Oreos, gummy worms, ect.). The decorated treats are then priced according to weight. The average price is about $3.00, but there have been attempts to beat the 11.4-ounce cupcake record.

If you’d rather keep things simple, Our Cupcakery has a selection of “grab and go” cupcakes available in mini, regular, and king-size. Daily flavors include vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, dark chocolate, almond, lemon, orange creamsicle, strawberry, and gluten-free chocolate and vanilla with your choice of chocolate or vanilla buttercream icing. Prices range from $1.75 to $3.95 each. *Call ahead for orders larger than 1 dozen.

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes!

I’d suggest trying at least one of the favorites:

The Buckeye – Chocolate cake with ganache filling and iced with peanut butter cream.

Triple Chocolate – Dark Chocolate cake with ganache filling and chocolate butter cream icing. *My personal favorite!

Lovin’ Lemon – Lemon cake filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon butter cream.

Dulce de Leche – Vanilla cake filled with caramel butter cream topped with vanilla butter cream and a drizzle of caramel.

A Beautiful Birthday Cake!

In addition to their can’t-miss cupcakes, Our Cupcakery also specializes in beautiful and distinctive cakes that are perfect for weddings, reunions and anniversaries. The shop was chosen as a 2012 Best of Weddings pick by The Knot.

Our Cupcakery is available for children and adult gatherings. The shop serves as a venue for birthday and tea parties, Girl Scout classes, group experiences, and girlfriends’ getaways on a regular basis.

If you’ve ever been interested in improving your own baking and decorating skills, Our Cupcakery also offers seasonal classes.

Fall 2012 Classes:

Seasonal Cupcake Decorating— Monday, December 3rd, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fabulous Fondant Cake —Monday, November 5th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Ginger Bread House Workshop —Friday, November 30th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Cinnamon Yeast Rolls—Monday, November 12th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Holiday Sugar Cookies —Monday, December 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

So the next time you’re in Historic Dublin and have a craving for something sweet, stop by Our Cupcakery for a fresh-baked treat. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Our Cupcakery is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and after hours by appointment. For more information, visit their website, www.OurCupcakery.com, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@OurCupcakery) for daily updates.   

~ Post by Dawn

This post comes from guest writer Gretchen Friend, Coordinator for the Historic Dublin Business Association.

Sláinte (pronounced SLON-CHA) is the Gaelic or Celtic equivalent of  the friendly toast, “Cheers” or “To your health!”  Just saying it out loud makes you wish you were Irish, huh?  In fact, many of the residents of Dublin,Ohio have embraced this vibrant culture from across the Atlantic by partaking in many of the traditions which makes Dublin,Ireland so interesting.

Next Thursday, May 19 marks the first Sláinte Thursday of 2011–a fun evening of cheer  in the the City’s Historic District. These exciting third Thursday celebrations are held throughout the summer months in Dublin, Ohio.  Beginning at 4 p.m., restaurants are buzzing with live music while shops and businesses ready for a steady stream of visitors to the area. Specials, open houses, children’s activities and food sampling create a swirl of activities for all ages.

Created for locals and visitors alike, a Sláinte Thursday celebration is just right for those warm summer nights. Live musical melodies at several locations throughout Historic Dublin lead people from place to place as they visit the district. My favorite is part of the evening is walking along the brick sidewalks under the canopy of shade trees. It’s so quaint, yet hip!  No one is pushing me to a deadline (unless it’s getting the last taste of a special in one of the many great restaurants).

The May 19th  Sláinte Thursday will feature a golf theme–a nod to the world-class PGA Memorial Tournament that Dublin, Ohio will host May 30-June 5.  During Sláinte Thursday folks can try their putting skills on nine greens placed around the Historic District. Knocking all the balls in the holes will give you a chance to win tickets to the Memorial Tournament or many other great gift certificates and prizes from Historic Dublin businesses. Live music by Rockbridge Crossing will play from the Frog Park, next to the Visitors Center (9 S. High St.)

Catch the Trolley as it passes by each hole, if the walk is too much for you. From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. the Trolley loop will follow South High Street up to the library and back. Or just meander up and down the sidewalks, enjoying an ice cream or iced tea, a little patio dining, some great shopping and plenty o’ fun!   See you Thursday, May 19!    Sláinte!     

For more information about Sláinte Thursday, visit www.HistoricDublin.org or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

~Gretchen Friend, Historic Dublin Business Assocation Coordinator

DSC_0446A few weeks ago, I heard we had a new neighbor in Historic Dublin. Intrigued, I packed my camera bag and went to photograph the wares. When I walked into Thalia & Dahlia, I met Christopher Krupa, one of the owners. Krupa and co-owner Michael Smith, both of whom previously worked at Curio Cabinet in Worthington, opened Thalia & Dahlia in September. We discussed the philosophy behind the gift shop, and he expressed his nostalgia for the way shopping “used to be,” relaying to me stories about a time when shopping meant more than rushing around the mall, visiting a collection of national chains where “unique” means “exactly like a million others.”

Krupa was quoted in the Dublin Villager as saying, “Shopping used to be an experience. People used to get dressed up and go shopping. We want you to be excited about shopping again. We want it to be a wonderful experience.”

DSC_0535 A wonderful experience is exactly what the boutique provides. Located in a charming building on High Street — you know, one of those old houses with character to spare — Thalia & Dahlia offers a true variety of quality, unique items, from wreaths and flower arrangements (both hand-crafted by Krupa) to linens and tableware. I loved the various picture frames (one pictured above) and gorgeous china (example pictured here filled with lemons).

My favorite thing about Thalia & Dahlia is that their inventory is always changing, with an emphasis on seasonal items. Halloween items were featured in October and Thanksgiving will be featured this month.  I was delighted to hear that Thalia & Dahlia will not be putting out Christmas inventory until just before Thanksgiving. With most businesses jumping headfirst from Halloween into Christmas, by the middle of December I’m ready to kick the next Santa I see. No offense to Mr. Claus, it’s just too much! To my relief, Krupa told me that Thalia & Dahlia will debut their Christmas decor at an open house set to be held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Each room of the store will have a different theme. I’m already excited.

DSC_0548But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! In the meantime, you can attend their Thanksgiving Open House this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see the lovely items available this month, as well as enter a drawing to win table linens. The boutique is located at 113 S. High St. For more information, call them at 614/336-8582.

If you can’t make it in this Saturday, put on your finest and stop by Thalia & Dahlia during regular hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Happy shopping!

To see the rest of my photos of Thalia & Dahlia, click here.

– Post by Kelly