For those of us who have been around Chickasha for awhile, most people remember a little shop that was filled with sweet surprises located where the McDonald’s building is in Downtown and 4th. called Tully’s Bakery. As a kid I loved that place. From sweet treats, cakes and “Cowboy Cookies” no matter what you ordered it was bound to be a crowd-pleaser. After it closed, there has been a void off and on in Chickasha for retail front bakeries.
One baker, Samantha (Sam) Mills, saw this void too and after having made cakes, cupcakes and cookies from her home for customers and friends decided it was time to grow her business with a storefront since frankly she had outgrown her family kitchen. Her original location was off the beaten path and although she had a good following, it was hard to get stop in business and much like her family kitchen had little room for expansion.
When Steel Velvet moved earlier this year it opened up some new retail space. Steel Velvet owner, Holly Fulton, suggested to her friend that she move to her old spot because it had plenty of room to grow and plenty of visibility on Chickasha Ave. And with Holly’s renovations and similar taste in style it was a relatively easy move, minus adding the kitchen.
Although Mills had a few renovation obstacles thrown her way and didn’t get to open as planned before Valentine’s Day in her new location, Shorty Cakes Bakery has not missed a beat of business. Routinely Shorty Cakes will sell out once and sometimes twice a day. Cupcakes are the staple to her storefront and are served in a variety of flavors including s’mores, cotton candy, Italian Cream, pineapple upside down, salted caramel and many, many others.
However, don’t miss the opportunity to have her bake something larger for you. She makes beautiful custom wedding, birthday and event cakes for kids, military, elegant to rustic, etc. I have had the pleasure of eating her cakes and sweet treats often as many of my friends and well frankly myself (haven’t met a cupcake I haven’t liked yet) are frequent customers. One weekend I saw the exhausted baker out and about on a Sunday and asked about business. She had turned out 32 cakes that week and had sold out numerous times throughout the week of cupcakes. Although exhausted she was loving and enjoying every minute of seeing
her dreams come true in downtown Chickasha.
A new addition with the expansion is lunch. For $4 she serves a from scratch meal. These meals along with a listing of the day’s flavors of cupcakes are listed on her facebook page ShortyCakesBakery daily as well as often shared onto Chickasha Buy, Sell or Trade on facebook.
Thursdays may be of particular interest to some as she serves a wide selection of gluten-free sweets for those with gluten allergies or gluten-free diets. Knowing some people with these restrictions, this has been particularly pleasing to some who rarely get to enjoy the sweet life that many of us do.
Her eclectic decor of cable and wire spools along with a fun reading and chatting area in the front made from pallets and filled with sunshine is a fun spot to catch up with friends or quietly enjoy reading a book or catching up on social media before returning to work or to school. Mills hopes this area, in particular, will attract some of the college students who are looking for some place off campus to crash, visit and eat with friends and fellow students.
The final piece that really put the icing on the cake (no pun intended) was a room off the main retail and dining area that allows for private parties, including parties where kids can decorate their own cupcakes, etc. If you haven’t ventured down Chickasha Avenue in downtown Chickasha lately, well you are really missing out. Stop in and see Sam or her mother and enjoy a sweet treat in the middle of a hectic day or take a break and reward yourself from all the retail shopping now available downtown.
ShortyCakes Bakery is located at 522 Chickasha Ave. and is open M-F from 11 am to 5 pm.