There aren't a lot of commercial businesses on Main Street in Eudora, Kansas -- the "downtown district" of the hamlet outside Lawrence -- and very little in the way of culinary venues other than a Mexican-Chinese restaurant, Jasmin, and the Black Cat Cafe. Over the last few years, the Mad Hatter's Tea Room abandoned an old bank building in Eudora for bigger quarters in Bonner Springs, and a stylish coffeehouse, Coffee Talk, ground to a halt.
There's a new tenant now at 724 Main -- the old Coffee Talk location -- although Cami SanRomani's one-month-old Cami's Cakes isn't a fully operational bakery ... yet.
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SanRomani currently uses the storefront space in downtown Eudora as her commercial kitchen (using two residential ovens) baking cupcakes and -- her real bread-and-butter business -- wedding cakes and custom-order cakes. The plan is to turn 724 Main into a full-service bakery, but SanRomani isn't ready for that quite yet.
Since SanRomani and her husband, Dustin, live in Lawrence, why wouldn't they have taken over the recently vacated Pink Box Bakeshop
space on that university town's busy Massachusetts Street?
"Dustin teaches elementary school here in town," Cami SanRomani says, "and also coaches basketball and baseball and works for the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department on weekends and during the summer. At some point, we'll move here to Eudora."
Dustin SanRomani's many jobs enabled the young couple -- they're both 27 years old -- to lease the storefront that is currently open to the public as a retail shop only on holidays. (Cami will be selling cupcakes on the Friday and Saturday before Easter Sunday this month).
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Cami SanRomani's vision is to be able to serve coffee, cold beverages and her baked goods more frequently than once a month. Maybe every weekend.
"I'd like to be open every day by this summer," Cami says.
They'll need to add a few more tables (there are currently only two) and maybe a few more cupcakes. When I stopped in on Saturday afternoon, Cami had already sold out of half of her inventory. But it was a lucky fluke that the shop was open at all, because SanRomani doesn't keep regular shop hours yet.
Cami SanRomani bakes her special-order cakes during the week. Her cake business, particularly wedding cakes, has doubled since the Pink Box Bakeshop closed last month. She says she was startled that there was such immediate interest in her new business. "We didn't think that there would be such a demand to turn this space into a full-service bakery with a place for customers to sit down and eat. The town of Eudora has been incredibly supportive. The people here really want us to succeed."
SanRomani says she'll be teaching a kids' cupcake class before Mother's Day, and she plans to be open on Mother's Day. For this month's Easter business, Cami says she'll be open April 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be selling six varieties of cupcakes: hummingbird cakes (made with coconut, pineapple and banana), tres leches
cupcakes, lavender, chocolate, vanilla and pistachio cupcakes. SanRomani can be reached by calling 785-207-2103.