Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Cupcake Collection

the_cupcake_collection_in_germantown_nashville_near_bicentennial_mall Today I said yes to cupcakes.

The kids and I explored the Cupcake Collection, a unique home & business. Owner Mignon Francois, her husband and 6 kids renovated a condemned house and then opened shop in the parlor.

(This Scene article tells more of the Francoise story.)

Cost: $1.50/ea for chocolate marble and fresh strawberry/lemon cupcakes. And worth every bite.

28 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh my that looks wonderful. And good for you for saying yes! Small splurges can be so worth it.

Ann said...

Oh that looks soooo good!! After reading about the family and business, I would have said "yes" too. That's exactly the type of business where I want my money to go whenever possible--even if I could make a thousand cupcakes for the same price.

Vintagesquirrel said...

Oh Meredith,
I've been away from the blogosphere for awhile. I just checked in with you, and I missed your sensability. You are always so thought-provoking and you usually make me smile.
-Michelle

Joan said...

Looks yummy and a very good price, too. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

BookGirl said...

Yep...that's $1.50 cupcake I could definitely live with!

Hmm...what should I say yes to this week? 11 weeks pregnant with a 21 month old? I'm thinking a nap! ;)

Mamalama said...

That cupcake looks good, but the story of the Francois Family was GREAT!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Chief Family Officer said...

That looks SO good!

Since we've enjoyed talking about price differences by location, I thought you'd be interested (horrified?) to know that such a cupcake would go for at LEAST twice that here in Los Angeles.

An Adventurer in the World said...

Yum!

I had an elderly friend whose name was Mignon, haven't heard another until now

deb meyers

Stephanie Griffith said...

Mmmmmmm. I can't wait to have this baby and get rid of my gestational diabetes so I can once again say yes to cupcakes! That looks absolutely scrumptious!

LLS said...

What a sweet story!

Joan said...

I think my trademark gift for most anything now would be a dozen of these beauties. A nice box of various flavors would be a hit for almost anyone in need of a pick-me-up. A box would also be a good supplement for a birthday cake so that everyone can choose a favorite. I have access to good (not great) cupcakes and I often take a dozen to wherever I am invited. I pay between $2 - $2.50 each for them.

Renee said...

What a nice yes. Nice sweet treat and nice supporting local!

rowena___. said...

thanx, meredith, i'm going to put them on the top of my list for the 3/50 project for the next party occassion.

the 3/50 project:
http://www.the350project.net/home.html

Workin' MAMA! said...
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Workin' MAMA! said...

These look so great and yummy -
Always inspired by great small home businesses that pack lots of punch!

a wonderful yummy special place it sounds like!

latrice

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Enjoyed reading your blog today. I am still finding my way around blogland....I always love making new friends..I am posting about Disney so hope you will stop by. Commenting automatically puts you in the drawing for the June giveaway.

Shannon@Idylwild said...

Those look so yummy and I love the family's story! It's so nice to be able to support a family business.
Buying from people you know is a great way to boost the economy!

mama2B said...

Meredith, thanks for sharing the article link with us. What a wonderful family business!

Williams Arena said...

I think spending your money at a local business that supports a family is a good thing.

Being frugal and saying "yes" to a few treats here and there is a great thing. Trust me, my kids are now teenagers and they fondly remember those times that I said "yes." They remember the times their dad went to the local donut shop on a Sat. morning, or the unexpected trips to the local ice cream where mom temporarily threw the budget out the window and gave them permission to order whatever they wanted. The silly grins on our faces as we ate the biggest banana split in the state was priceless.

Supporting a local community of small business owners is also a great thing. Being frugal is admireable but I firmly believe that making an effort to support local business (even if they may charge a little more) is a noble deed.

I now have a serious craving for cupcakes....

Jane said...

The cupcake looks delish! Totally random: I just saw this post and thought of your son and some of the cool things he makes with boxes.
http://handmadebeginnings.blogspot.com/2009/06/marble-drop.html

Heather said...

That is SO CHEAP, even for Nashville! I can't wait to try them. I've had the cupcakes at Gigi's and they're ok but not $3+ ok. (Too dry, icing that tastes like straight sugar.) I like Ivey's in Franklin but I never get down there and I think they're probably about the same price. So I am excited to get a delicious cupcake support a family business here in town. Thank you for the info!

Tubo Family said...

How fun & delicious! I am not a cake decorator so even though I bake we would have to go to a bakery for something like that...and you're making me think that I've never taken my boys to the fancy European bakery a couple miles from here.

Tammy said...

oh my that looks so good. I love cupcakes!

God Bless,
Tammy

Christina said...

Looks like just the perfect thing for a yes. You also were able to meet someone new and help their business too. I also enjoyed the article about their bakery.

Carisa said...

For those in the Nashville area, you can go to halfoffnashville.com and pick up a $20 certificate for only $10 to this great place.

I plan on trying it myself.

TJ said...

Oh yummy! We splurged at Borders on Saturday with italian sodas for the kids and I, iced coffee for hubby. It was so much fun to sit together and enjoy our treats!

Kimberly said...

Love it! I'm glad you said yes!

Nicole said...

Love this and went to their website ... still going strong! Great post - great story! (Yummy cupcake!)