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SMART | entrepreneurs #FuturHighFive Coffee and cakes and Corydon, oh my!

Eileen Manalo and Marvic Abarra proudly stand before their caked goodies. “Once you lick the icing off a cupcake,

it becomes a muffin. Muffins are healthy. You’re welcome.”

scarf down one of their cakes or cupcakes, knowing that you made a delicious choice. Caked With Love, which can be found at


1459 Corydon Avenue, offers up a wide vari- ety of cakes, cupcakes, coffees, cold drinks, cookies, croissants…I could continue. Marvic Abarra and Eileen Manalo, Caked

With Love’s owners, weren’t really looking to start their own business when the op- portunity presented itself to them. “It literally fell in our laps,” said Marvic.

“I had previously worked at IQ’s at the University of Manitoba, while also holding a full-time job at the university. I met with Eileen, whom I knew through church, in March of 2015, and I was going through the prospect of an upcoming layoff. Eileen asked me what my dream job would be. I loved making coffee, and Eileen loves baking so we decided to partner up. Te original plan was to do this in a few years, to allow us time to plan a business.” “I was actually an engineer for about four

years,” said Eileen. “In the meantime had been doing cakes on the side. It just kind of grew from there. I can’t even tell you

t’s this line, and other little pearls of wis- dom written on the wall at Caked With Love Inc. that give you solace while you

how many people told me to open up my own bakery, Marvic and Eileen developed a logo, but

didn’t take any real steps towards buy- ing a business or space as they continued working. One day, Marvic was convinced by some

friends to look into buying an espresso machine to help hone his craft, but when he searched for one on Kijiji he found something better. A Gift from God

Instead of finding a coffee machine,

Marvic found a coffee shop. Te space of what used to be Cafferia 360 was up for sale. Marvic and Eileen decided to check the space out to give them an idea of what they wanted to do in the future. Tey were sceptical at first, but the excitement slowly grew. “I knew that baking was a talent and de-

sire that God had placed within me,” said Eileen. “It would almost be disrespectful to not even try. We felt that He wanted more than a café and a bakery; He wanted a space people could come to a welcoming environment. Somewhere warm, not only in the cold, but a warm environment with a space that’s not only ours, but allows for other people to use for other purposes.” After praying on the issue and consult-

ing with their pastors, they decided to go for it in May of 2015. Marvic and Eileen


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would work their full-time jobs during the day, and plan during the evenings. Tey got possession of the space June 1st and opened June 5th. “It’s going spectacular,” said Marvic.

“Te feedback has been amazing. It’s just the beginning, and we’re learning as we go. But we’ve been able to do so much with this and just bless a lot of people”

Taking into consideration the desires of

their customers, Caked With Love is ex- panding their menu to incorporate a light lunch with soups and biscuits, just part of the open atmosphere Marvic is happy to see at Caked With Love. “We just make sure to talk to our custom-

ers to find out what they want so we can meet their needs.”

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