When you walk into CakeWalk Custom Cakes & Dessert Bar in downtown Northfield, the first thing you notice is the myriad smells that bombard the senses.

If you listen closely enough, you can also hear the patrons exclaiming how wonderful the cupcakes, bars, cakes and other treats are, and that’s music to the ears of owners Teara Myers and Jody Breathwaite.

For the past four years, the two pastry chefs — who before starting their own business worked together for nine years at Byerly’s in Burnsville — had been talking about going out on their own. In January, they said ‘let’s make it work.”

The culmination of years of experience in the pastry industry — perfecting recipes and coming up with new recipes of their own — and hard work leading up to the opening came to fruition recently when the doors were open on Oct. 5.

“We have a real passion for pastries and really want this to work,” said Myers. “So far it’s been very tiring, but we love it. We’ve been busy from the start and that’s what we were hoping for.”

The owners of Northfield’s newest downtown business had to overcome some obstacles before their collective dream of opening their own pastry business came to be. The biggest was finding a way to finance CakeWalk.

“It was a struggle in the beginning,” Myers said. “Getting start-up costs was difficult, but our families and friends supported us.”

Another obstacle, albeit a good one, was deciding what flavor of cupcakes, cakes and treats to put in the glass cases that greet the customers. In the end, the owners decided to make as many different flavors as they could.

“Black velvet is our signature cupcake and they just fly out of here,” said Breathwaite, who noted that there will be a flavor of the week after things settle down a bit. “The customers so far have loved all of the flavors. We’re constantly trying to create new flavors.”

And that’s what the owners hope will set them apart.

“The last nine months we’ve been cracking down to make these recipes as perfect as we can,” Myers said. “You don’t have to have set flavors and we think that by introducing new flavors we’ve perfected, we’ll be able to make a name for ourselves. That’s the fun of it.”

Customers agree.

“[We] stopped by to taste the goodies [and] shared a cream puff, yummm,” said Kim Trebelhorn of Northfield on the CakeWalk Facebook page. “A very friendly, neat atmosphere. Much needed in Northfield.”

“[Last week] was our first time in and we loved our cupcakes,” said Carrie Hackney of Northfield on the CakeWalk Facebook page. “We will be back for more.”

As for a grand opening, even though people were lined up outside the door on Oct. 13, Myers and Breathwaite have decided to postpone that event until things settle down a bit.

“We’re thinking of doing it during Winter Walk,” Myers said. “That gives us time to finish more cakes for our displays. We’ve been so busy, we haven’t had time yet to make our holiday displays. But they are coming.”

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As for a grand opening, even though people were lined up outside the door on Oct. 13, Myers and Breathwaite have decided to postpone that event until things settle down a bit.

“We’re thinking of doing it during Winter Walk,” Myers said. “That gives us time to finish more cakes for our displays. We’ve been so busy, we haven’t had time yet to make our holiday displays. But they are coming.”

Reach Managing Editor Jerry Smith at 645-1136, or follow him on Twitter.com @NewsNorthfield

Reach Managing Editor Jerry Smith at 645-1136, or follow him on Twitter.com @NewsNorthfield

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