There's a new cupcake chain called Gigi's Cupcakes coming to 2562 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803. Find them on Facebook. The signs on the door say they are scheduled to open March 2013.
We are fairly certain that this is the first national chain cupcake business in Orlando since Babycakes NYC moved into Downtown Disney (1674 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830).
Here's a note from the franchise owner, Lee:
As the owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes of Orlando, Florida, I would like to share my dream. After spending most of my life working for a large corporation, I wanted to take my years of business experience and start a trust worthy company that would deliver a high quality product, offer outstanding service, and add value to the community. After looking at many different business opportunities, I came across Gigi’s Cupcakes and immediately knew this is the one! Who would not fall in love with a business that brought to life memories of my own childhood?And who is Gigi? Read her story. Below is an excerpt:
Having wonderful parents who loved good old southern cooking was a great blessing. Every meal and dessert was lovingly made from recipes handed down by family and friends and made with the best available ingredients. For me, that smell of fresh baked wholesome food was always a part of family reunions and cherished Holiday gatherings. We see and experience that same feeling of baked from scratch goodness and pride in the Gigi’s Cupcakes products. It’s as if Gigi’s were an extension of our family heritage. Thank you Gigi Butler, founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes, for living your dream and sharing your concept with me.
At Gigi’s Cupcakes of Orlando, Florida, we want to bring the Gigi’s experience to Central Florida and all of our friends in metro-Orlando by offering you and your family our cupcakes made with loving care, one cupcake at a time. Our dream is to share that same fresh baked wholesome goodness of our youth so that Gigi’s might become a part of your family’s tradition and of great memories yet to come. So come see us and give us a swirl! Looking forward to serving you.
Shortly after we opened, my landlord, Alan Thompson, whose background is in franchising, kept saying, “You should franchise your concept.” So, together with him, my dad helping with the store build outs, my mom creating the recipes with me, and my brother Randall coming on board to direct operations, we were set to start franchising the Gigi’s Cupcakes brand. It was more than I could have ever imagined doing when I started the business. Today, about three years later, we have built 50+ Gigi’s Cupcakes locations in 18 states, and we are continuing to expand. My dream for this business is to one day have 100 stores across the country – owned by hard working Americans with a small business mind-set.