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Shoppes at Northpark gets occupancy surge
OKLAHOMA CITY – Janet Rosebeary has spent the last 20 years baking award-winning cakes in the commercial kitchen next to her Guthrie home.
She made frequent trips to The Wedding Boutique, where she met with brides to discuss their cakes. In October, a drunk driver plowed into The Wedding Boutique, so Rosebeary was left without a meeting spot.
That’s when her family pushed her to make a big leap.
“She’d always dreamed of opening a bakery,” said Bethany Schneeberger, Rosebeary’s daughter. “My dad and I looked at her and said we could open a bakery together.”
Rosebeary’s Bakery opened Wednesday in The Shoppes at Northpark, 12100 N. May Ave. The bakery is close to the AMC Northpark 7 theater. It offers cookies, cupcakes, brownie bars, wedding and birthday cakes. The bakery has a sign that hangs on the mall’s exterior. Janet Rosebeary said the family sat and watched the sign being hung, excitedly explaining to mall customers that it was their family name.
“This has been surreal,” she said. “Because I’ve been in the business for so long, and being at the age I am, it’s been surreal to have your dream after so many years. We always put family first, so we waited.”
She’s been baking wedding cakes since 1997, making about 200 cakes annually, Shneeberger said. In that time, she’s built a national reputation and even appeared on We TV’s Wedding Cake Wars. She said building her status through the years is another reason she was able to open the shop now.
The bakery is one of several new additions to The Shoppes at Northpark, with more on the horizon, said Kevyn Colburn, leasing vice president for Tom Morris Enterprises. The company manages The Shoppes.
She said the company is negotiating with AMC to make the theater a luxury, first-run facility that serves alcohol, which would require a complete remodel of the space.
The Liszt nightclub will open in September. The Anytime Fitness owners are opening a neighboring coffee shop called Coffee Jerks, playing off the job title, soda jerk.
Hacienda Tacos operator Bryan Neal is going to open two new restaurants in the mall; one will serve pizza and the other will serve hamburgers.
Tom Morris Enterprises is also working with Fitzsimmons Architecture on remodeling the interior, but they don’t have a definite plan yet as they’re waiting for a price quote.
“We want to have new flooring and new lighting,” Colburn said. “We want to freshen it up.”
The mall is hosting monthly activities to help bring in more traffic. Classic cars fill the parking lot the first Saturday of every month, and food trucks offer eats the second Saturday of each month.
She said she’s pleased to have the bakery because it will be a good stop for families as the visit the stores in the mall.
There are some vacant spaces still at The Shoppes. There are smaller areas ranging from 2,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet. There’s also one contiguous space that measures 9,000 square feet.
“We’re excited about everything that’s happening,” she said. “I think May Avenue is really transitioning right now.”
Read the story at journalrecord.com