Niagara Gazette — Strong, now married and the mother of six children, hopes to make a name for her baked goods with her signature offerings, including the cobbler, and red velvet cake, but especially her sweet potato pie.
The expansive cafe has already hosted a wedding, a shower and a little girl’s tea party. She has also begun to offer live music in the evenings. She had her first band entertain recently and 40 or so people showed up. One couple saw the commotion from the big windows overlooking the street and walked in to join the performance. Even Strong joined in the performance, singing “He Loves Me,” to the karaoke machine.
It’s just what she was hoping for. “I wanted a place for the community to gather,” she said.
The menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches, salads soups and homemade baked goods. There is comfortable seating near a fireplace for the free Wi-Fi available, and plans to continue live events from karaoke to open mic nights. In addition, a new book club started last week.
Lakea is a member of the new book club. Her choice of reading is appropriately titled “Unconditional: It’s not a dead end if it takes you somewhere you need to go.”
Yvonne’s Bakery and Cafe is located at 447 Third St. The cafe is open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday it is open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. The place is open every fourth Sunday. For more information call 285-5200.