A George businesswoman took advantage of the Grant County Fair happening again and showcased her new dessert shop with a booth in the fair’s She Se Puede pop-up area, composed of several woman-owned businesses from around the Columbia Basin.
Naomi Garcia owns san’s cake and art, where she creates desserts including custom cookies, cakes and cupcakes. For the fair on Aug. 21, she decorated sugar cookies to look like other foods such as pizza slices, hotdogs, watermelon slices with seeds, strawberries and popcorn in a popcorn box. She also sold cake pops, which are a form of cake dipped in chocolate styled as round lollipops.
She also makes cheesecakes and flans, although not this time around.
Her new shop opened on July 10. The store, located at 27 C Street SW in Quincy, sold party supplies for the last two years before Garcia turned it into her sweets’ spot. Along with her desserts, she still sells some party supplies such as paper plates, napkins, gift bags and piñatas.
Before moving into the store, Garcia ran her cake-and-cookie business from her house for the last four years. She got into baking because of her favorite show, Ace of Cakes. She turned to YouTube to learn baking and decorating. Garcia says she loves detail-oriented and creating custom items so the dessert decorating was a perfect fit.
Garcia said that her business grew during the pandemic, much to her surprise. She also said that it worked out great to open now instead of earlier or later. Her favorite part of moving the business out of her house is having a bigger kitchen, Garcia said. Her sister, Jocelyn, also works in the shop at the counter to greet and help customers while Garcia bakes and decorates the cookies.
Garcia said she hopes to expand the catering side of her business because she likes to bake and set up whole dessert tables.
Garcia said that she prefers customers to order at least two to three weeks ahead of time, and that prices depend on size and the level of detail the desserts require. She said she works hard to bring customers’ ideas to life in her desserts. When a customer shares a picture of what they want or explains the theme, it helps her do that.
Her new shop is named San’s Cake and Art because San is a nickname a schoolmate gave her because Garcia read a lot of Manga, which is a Japanese form of literature akin to comic books or graphic novels. San is a Japanese word that is used as a title of respect similar to Miss or Mr.
San’s Cake and Art is open Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Monday and Tuesday.