For those of you with a sweet tooth, you don’t need to look any further than downtown Oak Park. On Jan. 7, 2012 Crumbs Bake Shop celebrated its grand opening by giving away one cupcake to each of its first 1,000 customers. The store is conveniently located at 1100 Lake St. and occupies the retail space that used to be Barbara’s Bookstore.
Crumbs first opened its doors in 2003 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and since then it has expanded to 32 other locations across the country.
One of their specialties is cupcakes that are “Made by Hand. Baked with Love.” With unique names like “Good Guy” and “Fluff and Stuff,” there is surely something on the menu for everyone. They also offer an assorted 12-pack of miniature size cupcakes for those who cannot decide on a single flavor.
Planning a party? Crumbs also offers cakes, mini cookies as well as big cookies, bars and tarts, muffins, scones, brownies, donuts and pies.
Stop by on a Monday and you will be the first to try their cupcake of the week. If you arrive with a group of friends, consider ordering their Colossal Crumb, which is a giant cupcake that serves up to eight people.
Crumbs Bake Shop also finds ways to give back to the community. They were active participants in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park in October 2011. Crumbs also raised $3.5 million last year during their Super Saturday fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), which is the largest private philanthropy in the U.S. dedicated to funding research for ovarian cancer.
– Agata Kubinska, Staff Writer