DENVILLE, NJ — In these making an attempt occasions, it doesn’t appear possible new companies would pop up as typically. But, over the last week of September, a brand new place for sweets, Vikingos Cake Shoppe & Bakery, got here to the downtown space of Denville Township.
Situated at 34 First Avenue, Vikingos Cake Shoppe & Bakery opened simply in time for one of many Denville After Dark occasions and launched themselves to the neighborhood. Main a four-member workforce are co-owners Jillian VanStrander and Jesus Mendez, each 2006 graduates of neighboring Morris Hills Excessive College, in Rockaway Borough.
“Rising up in Rockaway, we each in fact had been to Viking Bakery [in Denville]. So we each have fond reminiscences of the area,” mentioned Mendez.
“I opened up El Mejicano subsequent door six years in the past. [Viking Bakery] took a significant downward spiral and was finally closed in Might 2019.”
Previous to Vikingos, VanStrander and Mendez had collaborated on a number of occasions collectively. The brand new bakery got here as an awesome alternative.
“We favored working with one another and her merchandise have been out of this world,” mentioned Mendez, raving about VanStrander’s culinary expertise.
“Teaming as much as construct one thing superior appeared like a no brainer. She had the bakery expertise, and I had the enterprise expertise. We simply wanted the appropriate alternative. So, when the bakery subsequent door turned accessible, it appeared prefer it was meant to be.”
Following the same old grand opening with a ribbon slicing, Vikingos has carried out fairly effectively in Denville. The bakery has been embraced tremendously by the neighborhood, and Vikingos has had the chance to take part in downtown occasions along with Denville After Darkish, akin to Pink Witches Evening Out.
“We couldn’t be luckier to be in such an incredible city and part of such an superior neighborhood,” mentioned Mendez.
“Having the restaurant has actually helped in partaking the neighborhood since they already knew who I used to be. Then it was a matter of letting them know who Jillian was. Add the truth that our location was already effectively often known as a bakery, we had a straightforward time spreading the phrase.”
“We have now opened in the course of the hardest occasions the world has seen in an extended whereas. We strongly imagine had we opened in every other city there is no such thing as a means we may make it. Being in Denville throughout these occasions virtually looks like we’re in a bubble. Having such a robust neighborhood eager to assist small companies like ours has made all of the distinction. The neighborhood solely asks for one factor in return — worth.”
Though Vikingos didn’t know what to anticipate at first, enterprise has been fairly respectable. Prospects are supplied contactless pick-up and supply of customized desserts and confections, and the reception has been nice, making Mendez and VanStrander very proud.
“Bringing new life to this previous bakery has been a dream come true,” mentioned Mendez.
“A dream that began over a yr in the past and has taken on a pandemic, numerous setbacks and plenty of extra points. And but we nonetheless opened. So, to have the ability to lastly open and see folks’s reactions to what we’ve got to supply feels superb.”
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