Taking Care of Business
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Taking Care of Business

Maddy Houk

New cakery bakes every occasion special

Four generations of Cheryl Lane’s family helped her get off to a sweet start when Cheryl Lane’s Cakery opened for Apricot Fiesta weekend. Cheryl, her mother, daughter and grandchildren worked at the bakery as fiestagoers purchased sweet treats.

“Baking every occasion special” is the slogan of the new establishment, which has taken over 11 Plaza, Ste. D, the space that formerly housed the Damasco Downtown sandwich shop.

Lane has been making and decorating cakes for 34 years for friends and family. Now that she is a commercial baker, she makes her creations in a certified commissary in Modesto on Seventh Street.

“I love to cook and I love to decorate,” Lane said. “It’s been my passion ever since I was a kid.”

Lane, no stranger to owning a business, had a gift shop in Newman for a number of years called Bumble B’s & Gran C’s, a place where she gave cake decorating classes and art classes. For the past 13 years, Lane taught English, history and spelling at a private Christian school in Modesto before she recently retired.

Lane found the Patterson location for her business when her daughter, Balena Lominario, who teaches in Patterson, had lunch at Damasco Downtown and discovered it was closing in February so the owners could devote more time to Damasco Restaurant in the Best Western Villa Del Lago Inn on Speno Drive in Patterson.

“There was such a positive reaction from the Patterson people,” Lane said. “The people were so positive, and everyone was excited that there was a shop here that would do specialized cakes.”

Sweet treats available for purchase at the local shop include cupcakes, cookies, brownies, pies, cookie bars and cheesecake.

Cake orders, the mainstay of the business, feature Lane’s light and fluffy buttercream frosting. Customers requesting special cake orders or gluten-free or vegan treats should make special arrangements ahead of time. Lane also delivers her wedding cakes and tiered cakes at no extra cost to the buyer.

B’s Sweets, made by Lominario, are also featured at the shop, including chocolate-covered strawberries and truffles.

She also makes daily lunches that consist of soup — such as spicy chili, corn chowder or chicken noodle — with a roll and a cookie or mini cupcake.

Lane’s goal is to set up a self-sufficient kitchen, so she won’t have to drive to Modesto to the commissary.

“When I came to Patterson, everything just fell into place,” Lane said. “My friends and family who were supporting me were very positive about this. They thought the population would support it.”

Cheryl Lane’s Cakery — 11 Plaza, Ste. D, in the former Plaza Grocery building — can be reached by phone at 996-1959 and online at www.facebook.com/CherylLanesCakery or www.facebook.com/B’sSweets-Truffles.

The store’s summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

n Local businesses that are new to town or have news to share can call Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or email maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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