ST. CHARLES – After closing her cupcakery for four weeks because of flooding inside the bakeshop in downtown St. Charles, Smallcakes reopened Jan. 25, owner Tina Wackerlin said.
Also shut for a month was its satellite location in DeKalb, which sells products baked in St. Charles.
“It’s been a long four weeks,” she said. “I know a ton of customers are looking forward to it.”
Wackerlin said she temporarily closed Smallcakes after a burst water pipe in the building flooded her space Dec. 28.
Another tenant in the building affected by the burst pipe during the cold snap was the Szechwan restaurant. Its owner, Nancy Chen, said the restaurant fortunately only lost lunch trade for one day.
Wackerlin said she had to replace a lot of equipment, including microwaves, blenders and candy melts damaged from the flood.
“When we left that night, everything was fine,” Wackerlin said. “But when an employee came in at [about] 6 a.m., the store was completely flooded. There was a lot of water damage. A lot of product had to be thrown out."
She said she hired a restoration company to dry out the walls, one of which had to be replaced along with ceiling tiles.
Her shop sells cupcakes, cakes and cookies, featuring 17 signature flavors, Wackerlin said.