Bakeries unite for full dessert choices

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By Mark Ambrogi

From left, Sandra Newkirk and Rascia Johnson in front of their store. (Submitted photo)

From left, Sandra Newkirk and Rascia Johnson in front of their store. (Submitted photo)

Two bakeries have joined forces to offer Carmel a full range of culinary treats.

Sandra Bakery, owned by Carmel resident Sandra Newkirk, moved into Rascia’s Creative Cakes, 328 W. Main St., Carmel, in early September. Both are baking at the store.

Sandra Bakery offers pastries, pies, cookies, macaroons, puddings, cheesecakes and other treats while Rascia’s concentrates on cakes. Rascia’s also offers cupcakes.

“This way we can offer more choices for people and we can expand the hours,” said Rascia Johnson, a Fishers resident.

The business is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Newkirk began with Bite Me Cupcakes, 9613 N. College Ave., which offered only cupcakes at first. The store was open for nearly two years. Newkirk said her lease was up and she decided to make the move.

“We also have excellent coffee and lattes that no else does in this area,” Newkirk said. “We have two tables that are outside. People like to take a piece of pastry and walk down to the Monon and walk around or have a chat, or just grab a dessert for dinner before going home.”

Johnson said her store has been open on the site for five years. Johnson does cakes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and graduations.

“We do cake sculptures, the stuff like you see on TV,” Johnson said.

For more, visit rascias.com or Facebook pages for both bakeries.

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