MARQUETTE - When Kim Danielson opened up Babycakes Muffin Company more than 20 years ago, downtown Marquette looked very different.
"When we first opened up there were many vacant store fronts in the downtown area, particularly on Washington Street," she said. "And, if you ask me, I think downtown Marquette looks fabulous now. It's very vibrant."
The one thing that hasn't changed? Babycakes has made the same five muffins every day since it opened.
"Sour cream chocolate chip, blueberry, apple crunch, oat bran and the bran date nut," Danielson. "We make those every single day and have for 20 years. And the reason we do is because those are our most popular."
Babycakes started out serving just muffins and coffee and has evolved over the years and started serving soups, sandwiches and other baked goods.
Danielson said a lot of items on the menu were suggested by customers.
"People will call us and ask us, 'we would like to order this could you please do that for me,' and we will say 'well, we've never done that before but you know what, lets try that,' and some of those end results have been our best sellers," she said.
One such example is the wheat-free, gluten-free muffin, which was requested by customers. Now Babycakes offers wheat-free, gluten-free cookies, cakes and other specialty desserts.
For 15 of the last 20 years Babycakes has featured local artwork on the walls, a practice Danielson said is likely to continue.
"I have featured a different local artist every month on our walls. And I've never charged a commission or charged the artist anything I just feel it's a community service to showcase what great local talent we have," she said.
Looking toward the future, Danielson said she is excited about incorporating more fresh, organic produce from local farmers into the menu.
"Like our classic egg salad, we now use organic eggs and our honey whole wheat bread is now organic," she said.
Danielson said she also looked forward to the bakery's sidewalk cafe in the summer.
Although it is closed on Sundays, Danielson said she has started opening up the doors for private functions on Sundays and she hoped that would continue into the future.