Looking for a cupcake on Franklin Street? You might be out of luck. Local bakery Sugarland has shut down, and the closure has upset not only lovers of baked goods but also a couple who was forced to rethink their wedding cake plans.
Ben Davis and his fiancée were one of the couples that had ongoing orders with Sugarland before the store closed.
Davis said they went to the store in Cameron Village in Raleigh for cake-tasting and thought it was phenomenal. The couple put down a deposit for their purchase and then waited for Sugarland to contact them. With their wedding day in three months, they started to get nervous.
"My wife and I got a little anxious we hadn’t heard from anyone," he said. "We were supposed to be contacted to set up a consultation to do the design, work on the cakes, finalize the order with the wedding."
The couple was persistent in trying to contact Sugarland.
“I called the phone numbers for both the Cameron Village and the Franklin Street location, and I didn’t hear from anyone," he said. "I tried emailing the owner at different email addresses. At the same time, I commented on a post on the Chapel Hill Sugarland Facebook page.”
Davis then discovered the Raleigh Sugarland location had shut down permanently. He tried to contact Katrina Ryan, the owner of the bakery, but could not get a response.
"Katrina was never able to call me back," he said. "I tried to set up calls for the next day and she wouldn't call me. She just stopped responding to me."
Davis said he was not alone in this situation and that other couples in the Triangle had similar experiences.