SusieCakes, an "all-American home-style bakery," will hold a grand opening Sock Hop event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at its new 642 Santa Cruz Ave. location in Menlo Park.
Local residents are invited to the opening, which will feature a Sock Hop with 1950s music, complimentary dessert favorites, and kid-friendly activities. A vintage car will be parked out front for photos. A prize will be awarded for the best 1950s attire.
The 2,200-square-foot space includes a large viewing window, which looks into the bakery's cake-finishing room. There will be seating for 12 inside the shop.
The bakery's specialties include Southern red velvet cake, a six-layer chocolate cake, frosting-filled cupcakes and house-made banana pudding with vanilla wafers. Seasonal items include fresh fruit pies, fruit-filled hand pies, snickerdoodles, seven-layer bars, and Whoopie Pies. Custom cakes will be created by a "celebration specialist."
Harking back to the 1950s, the bakery will have carhops delivering desserts to waiting cars after customers have ordered and paid online.
This is the first Peninsula location for SusieCakes, which was founded by Susan Sarich in Brentwood in 2006. A graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Ms. Sarich has several stores in Southern California, one in Marin County, and another in San Francisco.
"Menlo Park is an ideal location for SusieCakes because of its close-knit family-friendly community," Ms. Sarich said in a press release. "We hope we can make any occasion in the neighborhood, large or small, a little sweeter."
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.