New ownership

Babycakes Muffin Co. sale finalized this week

William DuPont, visitor to the area, walks out of Babycakes' storefront this morning with a coffee and sweet treat. As of Monday, the muffin company is under new ownership, by the same owner of Huron Mountain Bakery. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

MARQUETTE — A staple of the morning social scene in downtown Marquette has changed hands.

Babycakes Muffin Co. along West Washington Street is under new ownership as of Monday.

John Scheidt, owner of Huron Mountain Bakery, purchased the company from longtime owner and founder Kim Danielson.

New ownership could mean the creation of more jobs in downtown Marquette, Scheidt said.

He estimates that the bakery currently has 20 employees, but he is considering adding up to eight more.

“I think the focus for those employees would be customer service,” Scheidt said. “Customer service is very important to me, so we want to bring the same type of high-quality service we offer at our Huron Mountain Bakery locations. For me, it’s customer service first and quality second, and make our products from the highest quality products we can get our hands on.”

Scheidt said Babycakes seemed like a good fit for his organization, especially because the business had a decades-long reputation for baking quality products.

“She has built up a fantastic business,” Scheidt said of Danielson. “Her commitment to quality has been incredible.”

The menu at Babycakes will not change anytime soon, Scheidt said.

“I want to be clear that this is not an extension of Huron Mountain Bakery,” Scheidt said.

In fact, the acquisition will allow Scheidt to offer customers gluten-free menu items, something that HMB has not been able to do.

Eventually, Scheidt said he would like to expand the menu at Babycakes to include European desserts.

“My wife Darci and I are really excited about expanding the business and offering a wider variety of quality products in the Marquette area,” Scheidt said. “We, on occasion, visit Europe and attend food festivals. My goal is to bring desserts from France and Italy to Marquette.”

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.