CINCINNATI -- Take the Cake, a staple of the Northside community, will be closing its doors at the end of the year.
Melissa Mileto, who owns the popular bakery, would not say why the the business is closing -- but said there is potential for a "spinoff" eatery in the future.
"We are sad but excited for something new," Mileto told WCPO Monday. "We're hoping our customers follow us where we go."
Mileto bought Take the Cake in 2005 when it was a bakery on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. She later took the business to 4035 Hamilton Avenue in Northside, where it had seven years of success.
Mileto said the decision to close Take the Cake was a difficult one and "full of variables."
"I don't have a real solid statement," she said. "At the end of the year, we will finish up some things, but we are closing. We'll probably celebrate our customers with an after holiday party in January."
Take the Cake serves delicacies like vanilla buttercream-filled chocolate layer cake and pumpkin carrot cake, as well as twists on favorites like pear ginger upside down cake.
The shop -- which is part cafe -- also specializes in wedding cakes and baked goods that can be molded into custom shapes.
When Take the Cake closes its doors for good in the beginning of January, Mileto said she will miss her amazing staff and customers the most.
"Our customers are like family," she said. "That's my biggest loss -- not being able to see that sort of familial energy...We're just really sad."