It still may not look like much from the outside, but some of the paper has come down at Wink, allowing passersby to catch a glimpse of Queen Anne Ave’s new cupcake parlor, set to open one week from today, on Tuesday, January 5.
I stopped by this afternoon and got a sneak peek at the sweet shop. While chatting about the opening with “Über Manager” Lisa Gagnon, several people stopped in to see when Wink would be opening up, clearly eager for some cupcakes.
“We’re excited to be in the Queen Anne community and be a place where people can congregate,” Lisa said about the three-year-old company’s first retail location. She also said that they’d be putting a sign that reads, “Please refrain from licking the glass,” in the window that opens into the baking area, where “People can watch their cupcakes in action,” according to Lisa.
In addition to serving many seasonal and year-round flavors (their menu is not totally set yet, but includes old standbys like red velvet with classic cream cheese frosting, as well as unique concoctions like champagne cake with lemon buttercream and Guinness with “frothy frosting”), they will also sell Whidbey Island Ice Cream and an organic direct trade coffee blend from Guatemala grown and roasted specifically for them.
The pink and polka dot clad shop is filled with cupcake paraphernalia – including T-shirts and even cupcake-shaped bath bombs – made by local artists and businesses.
“We’re a little blend of small and local,” Lisa said.
Wink will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. They’ll be closed on Mondays. (Note their hours have changed since our last report). Also, Wink will be continuing it’s delivery service, bringing cupcakes and coffee straight to your door Thursday through Saturday, or by appointment.
“We’re heavy on delivery,” Lisa said. “Instead of sending flowers, you can send cupcakes!”
Welcome Wink, we’re excited to have you on the hill!