Southeast D.C. is getting in on the cupcake trend with the opening of a new shop in Anacostia, believed to be the first Black-owned cupcake shop east of the river.
Besides offering the delectable delicacy, Olivia’s Cupcakes, 2318 Minnesota Ave. S.E., is also home to the Royelle’s Princess Party Palace, a room that allows young girls to play dress-up and host tea parties.
The new venture, owned by Cindy and Bob Bullock, is named for their oldest daughter, Olivia, a junior at Virginia State University. Olivia, 20, and younger sister Royelle, 18, help out with the business when their school schedule permits.
The shop is the latest welcomed addition to a community that for many years was considered an epicurean wasteland, with few sit-down restaurants and very few upscale or gourmet choices.
In the past few years, however, the landscape has changed with the addition of a local coffee shop and several ethnic restaurants to Ward Eight, including: Big Chair Coffee, Uniontown Bar & Grill, Pimento Grill and the Thai Orchid Kitchen.
In addition to the gourmet, gluten-free cupcakes made daily from scratch, Olivia’s Cupcakes offers smoothies, as well as coffee, tea and lemonade.
The party palace has three rooms, each with a different theme. In the Diva room, girls can get manicures and pedicures, while the other rooms are devoted to tea parties. Dress-up is encouraged and there is a closet of princess gowns and costume jewelry from which to choose.
The Bullocks hire teenagers from the community to help with the events.
Details are available at http://cupcakesbyolivia.com/index2.html,Twitter @OliviasCupcakes and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Olivias-Cupcakes/137039193059248.