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VOL. 131 | NO. 99 | Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bakers Whip Up New Downtown Business

By Madeline Faber

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Mary Katherine Dunston and Courtney Lollar have built guitars, iPhones and motorcycles out of cake and icing.

Courtney Lollar and Mary Katherine Dunston with a guitar cake they made to celebrate the opening of Canvas, a Midtown bar. They are now starting their own new business.

(Submitted by Courtney Lollar)

This June, they’re getting out of their residential kitchens and setting up shop Downtown with a new bakery, Two Girls and a Whip.

Together, the pair have a combined 15 years baking cakes for friends, family and small businesses. With help from a prominent restaurateur, they’re taking their sweets to the general public.

Aldo Dean, who founded Aldo’s Pizza Pies, the Slider Inn and Bardog Tavern, is a partner in the new bakery.

“You’ll be able to see their work through the window. It’ll be like the wonder of Christmas,” he said.

Construction is already underway at the corner of South Front Street and Talbot Avenue. The bakery will take up a 700-square-foot space on the ground floor of Printer’s Alley lofts, a 30-unit apartment development that opened in 2014. Surrounding Printer’s Alley are hundreds of new apartment units and condos, but restaurants are few and far between.

“I think we’ll definitely be kind of a little neighborhood place where all the people that live around there know who we are and what we do,” said Lollar, who currently works at the Miss Muff’N Bakery in Germantown and bakes custom cakes as Courtney’s Creations. “I think that will be a good part of it because we’re not so close to everything that’s touristy.”

Dunston bakes under the moniker Cake Madam for local Downtown restaurants such as Blue Monkey and Rizzo’s.

The pair will relocate and combine their separate custom cake businesses under the Two Girls and a Whip name. At the bakery, they’ll have pre-made cakes and cupcakes in display cases for easy pickup.

They’ll always have vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, red velvet and carrot cake on hand. Once a week, they’ll rotate in a creative flavor of the week. Lollar said she’s excited to try a chicken and waffles cupcake.

“We’re going to have cakes and flavors you can’t get anywhere else,” Dunston said.

Dunston will incorporate a “boozy batter” menu with cocktail-inspired cupcakes. Treats flavored like White Russians, mimosas and strawberry margaritas are all planned.

The interior will stand out from Memphis’ other bakeries, Lollar said.

“Every bakery almost everywhere, the paint on the inside and the logo is always pink.”

Two Girls and a Whip is working with a retro teal blue color scheme with industrial accents to complement the warehouse lofts that surround the bakery.

Because of its small size, Lollar and Dunston are positioning themselves more as a neighborhood asset than a destination. There will be a couple of seats inside with a picnic table outside.

“I see people regularly coming in and buy a cupcake on their way to work, and/or during lunch because there’s so much residential that’s going up around here,” Lollar said.

They’re also hoping to expand further into the wedding business once they are established, because “Downtown is growing to be a greater wedding destination,” she said. “There are so many more venues (for weddings) now than what there used to be.”

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