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April 10, 2014

We welcome new businesses to the region | Bakeries, hot-dog cart attracting customers

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstowners have a very hearty appetite. We pig out on pierogi, salivate for Sundowners and gorge on gobs.

And now we can feast on New York-style hot dogs, Peanut Butter Bacon cupcakes and personalized confections.

Ricardo and Krista Brathwaite of Johnstown longed for the taste of a New York-style weiner. So the former Big Apple denizens decided to buy a food cart, complete with brightly colored umbrella, and started to sell the gastronomic delights. They set up shop, er cart, at Franklin and Main streets in downtown Johnstown between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the summer, they plan to set up for evening sales in Roxbury Park.

Several customers reported recently that business was so brisk that the Brathwaites ran out of onions and chili sauce toppings.

That’s a good thing, in our opinion, when you’re selling so much of an item that you run out. We’re sure the Brathwaites are still learning the appetites of Johnstowners and will adjust as they go along to make sure they have plenty of food on hand to meet demand.

In Nicktown, Tammy Thomas launched Meaningful Bakery earlier this year, relying on recipes from her late mother and grandmother. Every day, the aroma of fresh-baked bread wafts from the Ridge Road bakery as Thomas pulls loaves of white, wheat and sourdough bread from the oven. She also whips up cinnamon rolls and gobs on a daily basis.

And she creates made-to-order specialty cakes, such as a volcano cake complete with red lava icing and dinosaur figurines for a 6-year-old’s birthday, and a bingo card-shaped cake for an 84-year-old gamer.

“We’re just a small mom and pop,” Thomas told our Justin Dennis. “We’re slowly getting on our feet and trying to promote good, quality food.”

As word spreads of her tasty breads and sweets, it is our hope that customers will line up at to the central Cambria County shop to partake of the baked goods.

Farther south, in Richland Township, Megan Adams-West is mixing batter for Krispie Treat, Peanut Butter Bacon, Elvis and Y’inzer cupcakes at NutMegz along Scalp Avenue.

NutMegz is the culmination of Adams-West’s decade-old dream of opening her own bake shop.

What had been just a few orders a week has ballooned to 15-20 since she hung her shingle.

“It’s encouraging,” she told our David Hurst. “We’re definitely excited.”

We, too, are excited that the three entrepreneurs had enough faith in Greater Johnstown to open businesses. We wish them good luck in their endeavors and urge residents to be sure to partake of the offerings.

Mangia! Mangia!

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