Those gorgeous, colourful glass bottles of cake sprinkles might as well have been happy pills because happy is definitely what was in the air last weekend at Short & Sweet Cupcakes new shop on Avenue Road! To celebrate their relocation and successful move, Short & Sweet threw a fabulous cupcake party chocked full of giveaways, free drinks, and free cupcakes last Saturday afternoon as a way of thanks to everyone who has supported the cupcake bakery since its sweet beginnings back in 2009.
The new shop looks great and I’m so happy I get to show you all some photos of their new space! For one thing, it’s bigger. Gone are the squish-squishes and apologetic “excuse me’s” as you elbow a fellow customer. I would discourage you from doing cartwheels in the shop, but just know that it’s physically possible to do so now with the increase in square footage. There’s much more standing room and to my delight, there’s a bit of seating now! A few tables with chairs in Short & Sweet’s signature bright pink are available outside and inside should you wish to enjoy your cupcake on the premises.
And believe me, you can bet I’m going to take advantage of this for photography purposes! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run around in vain, in general, with a cupcake (or more) trying to find a suitable location to photograph it before it 1) melts or 2) gets squished or lopsided in transit. I’ve been really lucky in finding some great spots to model my cupcakes during for their photoshoots and runaway frosting shows, but I’ll always take the seating in the cupcakeries themselves over all other options any day. I know, I lead a tough life.
As well, you can now admire their ever-changing window displays up close. The old location had a half-wall type of glass barrier around it due to the shop’s tighter space; no fear of accidentally crashing it into now! Finally, you can pick up a drink while you’re here and puruse through some of Short & Sweet’s kitchen and cake decorating wares on a floor-to-ceiling shelf filled with cupcake dishes and table accessories, rows and rows of bottled sprinkles in every colour of the rainbow, and some non-cupcake goodies including chocolate covered Oreos with sprinkles! Short & Sweet has been experimenting with some new products and the cellophane wrapped packages of chocolate covered, decorated Oreos are the first to make their appearance.
Not only was I here to join the party, but I was also there to get my first taste of Short & Sweet on a weekend. This was the first time I visited the shop on a Saturday so I got to see so many cupcakes I hadn’t seen prior to that day! They have the largest selection of flavours on Saturday with Friday and Sunday following closely behind, so I was the given the joy of drooling over the Bugs Bunny carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing (and a very cute icing carrot!), the sweet and sticky Dolce de Leche, the gorgeous sweet and citrusy Lemon Drop with its lemon cake, raspberry frosting, and lemon jube-jube candy, and the caramel-filled Caramela Soprano cupcake with its decadent caramel drizzle.
As weird as it sounds, being here on the weekend for the first time reminded me of my time working at Claire’s years ago. To many managers’ chagrin, it was required for all managers to work one Sunday a month (as assistant, I often came in two Sundays a month) and the reasoning behind this was so that all workers would be acquainted with how business was on a Sunday versus the expected busyness of a Saturday, and the routine run-of-the-mill work week. In a nutshell, the arrangement is meant to gather information on sales and differences between different days of the week.
Given how I had never been to Short & Sweet on a weekend before, there was definitely a different buzz in the shop, one that I hadn’t been accustomed to until that point. I’m sure the party had something to do with the excitement billowing around, but everything was faster-paced as the door kept opening and closing and as cupcake stands were refilled moments after they were refilled before. I’m sure a lot of you understand the feeling I’m talking about if you’ve ever stuck to a particular time of day or part of the week for certain activties. It was very cool being part of the weekend crowd and if their selection of cupcake is any indication, I’ll have to set some time aside to make more trips on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays!
It was a beautiful, warm day and the shop was hopping with people enjoying the party both inside and outside, sipping drinks from the Jones soda booth, noshing on platters of mini frosted cupcakes (vanilla, carrot, red velvet, and apple cinnamon), and taking away a Short & Sweet jar of special pink and black sprinkles as a souvenir. You can see why I had to play it safe at the Vegetarian Food Fair earlier that day now, right? It was a balancing act of epic proportions, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way because I got the chance to enjoy two very amazing foodie events, on the same day no less.
Short & Sweet Cupcakes is now located at 1945 Avenue Rd., south of Wilson Ave. If you take public transit like me, the easiest way to get here is to get off at Wilson subway station and take the 96 bus to Avenue Rd. and walk south. You can also get here by getting off at York Mills subway station and taking the 165 Weston Rd. North bus to Wilson Ave. and Avenue Rd. and walking south, or getting off Yorks Mills subway station and walking west to Avenue Rd. from Yonge.