LUTZ — Kristina Lavallee, also known as The Cake Girl, has been selling her baked goods at festivals and events around the Tampa Bay area for several years.
Now, she has a new way to bring her delicious desserts to customers. On Saturday, Lavallee is debuting her new dessert trailer.
"It's like a dream come true," Lavallee said.
Based out of Lutz, Lavallee opted for a mobile store instead of opening up a storefront so she could continue attending events throughout the Tampa Bay area.
"I felt like the trailer was more fun," Lavallee said. "You get to meet different people. You get to go different places."
The Cake Girl offers desserts such as cupcakes, brownies, carrot cake, cake pops, mini-cakes, and cookies. Her gluten-free items include vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and brownies.
"Everything is made from scratch," Lavallee said.
Custom orders can be placed for any occasion, including weddings, birthdays and corporate events.
The Cake Girl is celebrating the grand opening of her new dessert trailer from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Gables Motorsports of Wesley Chapel, 28009 Wesley Chapel Blvd. For information, call (321) 438-2981, or visit facebook/TheCakeGirlLLC.
Friends get in the loop with new brewery
A hobby of brewing beer led friends Mark Pizzurro, Pete Abreut and Joe Traina to open up a new brewery in Land O'Lakes. After working on the project for two and half years, In the Loop Brewing is slated to open by early September.
Located along the shore of Lake Padgett, In the Loop Brewing will feature a 6,000 square foot outdoor beer garden that is both family-friendly and pet-friendly.
The three friends have been working on renovating the two-story house that was already on the property.
This building will house the tap room, bar and indoor seating area, and the second-floor rooms will be used for private parties and events. The brewery will be in a renovated storage shed.
Traina said there has been a lot of excitement and support from local residents.
"We just want to be good neighbors and bring the community together," Traina said.
In the Loop Brewing is at 3338 Land O'Lakes Blvd.
For more information, visit Facebook/InTheLoopBrewing.
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