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NYC's BabyCakes Vegan Cupcakes Signs on 6th

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, April 17, 2009, at 03:14PM
BabyCakes Eric Richardson [Flickr]

BabyCake's new Downtown space is behind these doors in the Pacific Electric building. The landing in front will be removed to allow for a patio.

New York-based vegan cupcake shop BabyCakes is coming Downtown, but in a spot that may surprise people.

The firm today signed a lease to join The Association, Cole's and Blu LA Cafe on the 6th street side of the Pacific Electric building, between Main and Los Angeles streets.

BabyCakes originally planned for its Los Angeles location to be to the west, most recently on Beverly Boulevard near The Grove. In a newsletter published yesterday, the firm said it would be opening Downtown in the Old Bank District, news that got picked up by Eater LA.

Today, BabyCakes took to its blog to defend its Downtown choice.

Look. We know downtown isn't West Hollywood. We are aware that it can be a pain to travel there. We get it. But we all know the economy's doing weird stuff and has challenged us to get creative with our expansion budget. We are aware of the parking situation, and are working on a deal to get free, convenient parking for our customers. We also know that many of you have small children and it's just too much to get in the car to beat the traffic. No prob. We're working on a dessert truck that will park in central locations too (we're looking at you West Hollywood and Silverlake).

But you know what? We kind of love downtown. And by love I mean adore. The block we have chosen reminds us of our beloved Broome Street location. The art culture is rich, the community is passionate, and there are a lot of cool businesses making a name for it already.

The cupcake shop will occupy an 800 - 1000 square foot spot near the corner of 6th and Los Angeles. Tyler Murphy of The Robin Group represented both BabyCakes and the Pacific Electric on the deal, and says that a contract is out to be signed for a beer and wine bar that would occupy another space on the corner.

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