LUMBERTON — Three local businesses will hold a day of activities on Thursday to celebrate their move to the Twin Oaks Shopping Plaza on Fayetteville Road.
Cakes and Pastries, Elite Cellular and Save A Lot will hold a free concert featuring Tammie Davis, a Nashville recording artist, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The first 300 guests will receive free sausage dogs courtesy of Save A Lot.
A ribbon-cutting will be held at 10 a.m. followed later that day by a Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bryan Britt, owner of Cakes and Pastries, a bakery known for its decadent pastries and quick, hot lunches, said he decided to relocate the store tot 701 Farringdom St. for a number of reasons.
Britt said the old location at 1810 N. Pine St. no longer met the demands of his growing customer base. Britt added that the quaint shop was also too small to accommodate its 15 employees and patrons during busy lunch periods.
The new restaurant now seats 110 people, twice as many as the old one.
“It served its purpose,” Britt said of the old space. “It was a great location for us all those years and for the most part, it outgrew itself pretty much.
“… Parking was probably the biggest issue,” he said. “We’re trying to work out a lot of the kinks here. We’ll try to have somebody walk around and helping for the most part … .”
Britt, who has owned the bakery for the past seven years, said patrons can expect a better dining experience at the new location.
“You go through the line and pick out what you want,” he said. “There’s tea and an ice dispenser (in the dining room) so people can get up and get what they like. It’s a little bit faster and quicker than our old location just because it was small … this way it’s more convenient.”
According to Britt, the new breakfast items that the restaurant now offers has been a popular options for its customers.
“They (customers) really wanted grits and eggs and bacon, so we had the bar,” he said. ” … Every day we’d get a few more customers.”
Marvin Smith, Anjanette McQueen and James McIntyre, all of Lumberton, enjoyed breakfast at the restaurant Wednesday morning.
“It was great,” said Smith, who was enjoying a traditional Southern breakfast of cheesy grits and pork sausages. “I love it. It’s clean, just wonderful.”
McIntyre was impressed with the efficiency of the restaurant.
“They were fast,” McIntyre said. “Fast and good service.”
Prices range from 60 cents for a pastry to $5.49 for a lunch plate. Cakes range in price from $14.99 to 20.99 for specialty layer cakes.
The lunch menu changes daily and includes hamburger steak, fried chicken, various salads, salmon patties, shrimp, cooked vegetables and barbecue.
“I’m hoping for a bigger customer base,” Britt said. “People can move in and out quicker through lunch.”
Elite Cellular, an authorized agent for U.S. Cellular, moved next to Cakes and Pastries at 4303 Fayetteville Road in July.
“We’re hoping to get customers to see us clearer and to drive more traffic in,” store owner Mike Smith said. “It’s a better buying experience.”
According to Alan Fowlkes, chief operations for Elite Cellular, the relocation of the business was to help attract more customers.
“Space and visibility,” Fowlkes aid. “The biggest reason was visibility and knowing that Cakes and Pastries would create a lot of foot traffic and we felt like they would be a good companion.”
Fowlkes said the store will be giving away a free bluetooth device during a raffle as part of the opening ceremony on Thursday.
Jill Smith, the store manager, said people can also expect to receive goodies from the business during the celebration.
“There will be accessory bundles and packages available,” Smith said. “Accessories to the first 20 customers.”