According to Anthony Anderson, sometimes people just need their sweets.
Other times, they just need a drink.
At Cafe Unwind, located at 9 E. Main St. in Thomasville, a customer can get the best of both worlds.
"I just had a vision of a place where people could go hang out or have a brief meeting," said Anderson, a Thomasville native. "Something that's not in the hustle and bustle, and there's not a lot of activity in terms of goods being sold. You can kind of get in and get out as you please, but at the same time, you have the opportunity to get some of the things that we covet on a regular basis, which is just a little cocktail and some sweets."
The bakery/bar opened in late January. The menu has a variety of cupcakes and cakes. The cupcake flavors include carrot cake, double chocolate, red velvet, mixed chocolate and Oreo. The cake flavors include banana pudding, yellow cake, red velvet, pineapple and strawberry. Keijuane Hester, who owns Favor Desserts in Durham, is the master baker.
The cocktail menu includes Georgia Peach, Long Island Iced Tea, Tequila Sunrise and several others.
"There's several things that we are addicted to -- sweets is one of them," Anderson said. "When you catch a sweet tooth, you have to get something sweet. And the same thing for alcohol. There's some people who have got to have a drink. So we think it was a blend of both. We try to look at the things that people are attracted to and have a need for and we just combined them and it just flows really well. Cafe Unwind, Cupcakes and Cocktails. You play that with some groovy tunes and you have a decent outing."
Anderson said he's entered business ventures before, but acknowledged that this one was more challenging because of the requirements that come with selling both food and alcohol, such as health department hazards and working to make sure everything is okay with the city.
When he first hatched the idea, he was aware that some in Thomasville might be hesitant to the idea of having a cupcake and cocktail shop -- but he didn't let that stop him.
"I processed it," Anderson said. "But part of that is, it's like anything, when you look at it, you think of the negatives. But the only way we can do things and really achieve anything is to be positive about it. So my mindset reversed really quickly. I was like, 'You have an idea and you have something good -- so move forward and don't look back.' Honestly, it didn't take very long to get over. It went a lot faster than I thought it would because everything just came together. The people that I had working for me pulled it together, they were on it and they were excited about it and here we are."
Anderson said most of the feedback he's received has been positive although he's had requests for less sugary items and gluten free products.
He is still working on solidifying hours of operation for Cafe Unwind, but as of now, the shop is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. except for Mondays.
The Cafe Unwind owner said he is excited and optimistic about the future of his shop.
His ultimate goal for the bakery/bar is to open the nightlife in Thomasville.
"There's no nightlife in Thomasville," Anderson said. "I was born and raised here. And when I was coming up, we had a few places where we could go and kind of hang out and fellowship. But things have changed now. People are more sedentary. Most people want to sit in the house. We've got huge TVs and we got cabanas in your backyard. There's a lot of things that can keep you home and so part of the concept is, how do I get people out of the house to go to a place that's relaxing that they can chill, have a drink, have a dessert and go back home ultimately."
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