NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Plan a tea party at A Cupcake Social

With flavors like Red Velvet, Death by Chocolate, Hawaiian Dream, Samoa, Dreamsicle, Oh Joy! and Pistachio Chocolate, you might be standing at the counter awhile.

The corner at 28th Ave. and 38th St. is a popular destination these days. Last fall, Keen Coffee opened on the southwest corner, filling the space vacated by Tillie’s Bean. And in late December, A Cupcake Social, a gourmet cupcake boutique, opened across from Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub.

With its fancy lighting and unique chairs, A Cupcake Social sets the perfect mood for a tea party. Or shower. Or birthday party. Or meeting. Set up a time for diminutive would-be pastry chefs to decorate their own cupcakes and enjoy a cupcake to eat at the party.

One table is perfect for those pint-sized ones in your life. And there’s a play kitchen right next to it to keep the little ones occupied while you enjoy a cup of tea and a decadent cupcake.

With flavors like Red Velvet, Death by Chocolate, Hawaiian Dream, Samoa, Dreamsicle, Oh Joy! and Pistachio Chocolate, you might be standing at the counter awhile. They also offer several gluten-free options. Over 50 flavors rotate weekly. Sweet treats start at $2.79 for a cupcake and $3.49 for a chocolate croissant. They also offer homemade ice cream.

A Cupcake Social stocks teas from TeaSource. Cups are $3.49, or opt for chai at $3.89.

Owners Jess Stone and Suzette Herr have been selling cupcakes from a food truck for the past three years, and will continue to operate the truck during the summer months. Why did they open a brick and mortar location? The number one question they got from customers was “Where is your store?” Realizing there was a demand for their products beyond the food truck, they decided to give their customers what they wanted, when they want it.

The shop offers a series of workshops such as Pintrest crafts, jewelry making, painting and other variety of arts. All classes include supplies (unless otherwise specified), coffee/tea and a gourmet cupcake. No stuffy classrooms, just an intimate, relaxing space to work. Classes are limited to 10 participants.

On Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. place a dip pen to paper and learn to craft your own distinctive lettering style under the guidance of lettering artist Crystal Kluge. This 3-part class will cover the basics to help release your inner calligrapher. It will focus on expressive pointed pen lettering using a variety of inks. Supplies will be provided; however, students are welcome to bring their own pens and inks or paper materials if they wish. To provide ample attention to each student in an intimate studio setting, this class is limited to 10 students. Register on the web site.

Get cupcakes regularly by signing up for the cupcake membership packages.

A Cupcake Social delivers to the Minneapolis and St.Paul areas. The delivery fee is $9.95, and the minimum order for delivery is one dozen cupcakes (of the same flavor).

Address: 3800 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: (651) 243-1114
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday Closed

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    Tesha Christensen

    Tesha Christensen (tesha [dot] christensen [at] gmail [dot] com) is a recent transplant to Minneapolis from a small town one hour north, and is writing for the Longfellow/Nokomis Messenger and the Daily Planet.