Tryve Brackin
Creative Cakes by Vickie held its Grand Re-Opening Wednesday of last week at its remodeled shop on Railroad Ave. in Plaquemine. The Chamber of Commerce held a special ribbon cutting ceremony and then the owners Toby and Vickie Leonard served gumbo and other treats to visitors.

Popular shop Creative Cakes by Vickie held a Grand Re-Opening Wednesday of last week. The small business was closed due to damage caused by Hurricane Gustav in September.

Problems with the roof of the Railroad Avenue building forced owner and local contractor Edward Earl Comeaux to drill holes in the ceiling of the downstairs shop to avoid additional damage. Both the upstairs apartment and the shop were severely damaged.

“Thank goodness for Edward Earl. He jumped on repairing the building immediately after the storm. That kept us from having to be closed for an even longer period of time,” noted Creative Cakes’ Toby Leonard.

“Now we have an even bigger and completely remodeled shop,” added Leonard, who along with his wife Vickie, continued to make wedding and other specialty cakes out of their home during the layover.

The interior of the shop has been completely redone, and an addition of a conference room for engagement couples to discuss the cake of their choice has been created. The bakery-decorating kitchen also has been redone.

The Chamber of Commerce had a special ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday. It was attended by several local officials as well as family and friends. Following the ceremony, the Leonards served gumbo, other special fondue dishes, and a shrimp mold to go with a wide variety of holiday cookies and candies.

“I could not do this without serving food to friends and family,” noted Vickie Leonard.

Toby and Vickie Leonard pose for a special photo in their new wedding conference room. Hurricane Gustav destroyed Creative Cakes, but property owner and local contractor Edward Earl Comeaux restored the shop and the upstairs apartment in an even grander fashion than before the storm.