Vendor Spotlights, A Retrospective

by Celia Mulder

As we gear up for the vendor guide launch in two days, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek in the form of a vendor spotlight retrospective. Here are all the vendors I've featured on the blog since I took over as editorial director last October. Click on the photos to read more about these incredible vendors, just some of the ones who will be a part of the Simply Blue Vendor Guide!

Sweet Themes

BLOOM Floral Design

Holly Thomas Design

Holly Thomas

Holly Thomas

Lux Light Photography

the day's design

Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm

The Weber Photographers

kirkbride hall

Simply Sweet by Jessica

dan and melissa photography

sincerely, Ginger

brittany & devin Photo Co.

K. noelle artistry

dan Stewart Photography

carrie house photography

Out and About: Simply Cupcakes

There’s little more satisfying, or lovelier to eat, than a freshly baked cupcake. When a cupcake is local, though, it tends to taste even sweeter. Simply Cupcakes of Traverse City has been providing the most beautiful and delectable cupcakes made from scratch since its opening about one and a half years ago. Its signature ‘not too sweet’ Italian butter cream frosting has been paving the way for their ever-present bright pink boxes that travel with their owners around Downtown TC.

Simply Cupcakes isn’t only a place to pop in to for a quick order, however. They also offer custom cakes for parties, meetings, birthdays and weddings. Customers can choose from a vast variety of cupcakes, regular cakes and, most recently added, macaroons! The appropriately sweet Heidi informed me that Len, the bakery’s owner and baker, recently traveled to New York to study the art of baking macaroons from French bakers. My indulgence in my Red Velvet macaroon has left me awe-struck.

Whether you appreciate a simple cupcake or love a more elaborate taste, Simply Cupcakes offers about 40 flavors—anything from the Bumpy: dark chocolate cake stuffed with white chocolate ganache, fluffy butter cream frosting and chocolate shavings; to the Silly Wabbit: carrot cake made with ground walnuts, chocolate ganache and white Italian butter cream. Not every flavor is available every day, however; they only offer their vegan cupcakes once a week and they get snapped up quickly. They also experiment with flavors to fit anyone’s theme. Last year they celebrated the Traverse City Film Festival by offering a vanilla cake topped with popcorn and caramel that was only available during the week of the festival. If only there were room enough to try them all!

If you are interested in having Simply Cupcakes cater your wedding, rehearsal, shower, or any event for that matter, head over to their contact page and do it in a hurry! They’re already booking up for the summer, and you do not want to miss out.

Visit Simply Cupcakes to take a bite out of local flavor and I promise you’ll be going back for more.


Out and About: Underground Cheesecake Company

Gently tucked among the towering pine trees of the Grand Traverse Commons is Traverse City's very own Underground Cheesecake Company. Serving delicious cakes, cheese cakes, bite-sized morsels and even cheese cake by the slice or 'mini', is one of the most delicious bakeries in The Village. They also offer up soups of the day and a cute little dining area, but I challenge you to get soup and NOT dessert when you're surrounded by the decadence of each sweet flavor option.

Perfect for a bridal shower or even a wedding, UCC can provide for you a classic cake, signature cheesecake or any and all of their scrumptious options. Heed the warning common in most wedding planning, if you know your date, book it! Because of the high-demand during the months of August and September, UCC can quickly become booked with orders so reserve yours the moment you know your date, or you may be left yearning that delicious Black Forest cheesecake or Strawberries & Cream cheesecake bites. For more information on wedding cake or cheesecake selections, click here.

Can't get down The Village but you're craving that delicious cheesy goodness? Cheesecake Company can be found in the freezer section of local grocery stores like Oleson's, Burritts and Deerings to name just a few.

Underground Cheesecake Factory is serving up some truly impeccable desserts and they would be a wonderful choice for any event, but a really quite sweet one for your upcoming wedding. Stop on by to take a taste for yourself!