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Times-Herald (Vallejo, CA)

February 17, 2011
New bakery is a treat for Vallejo sisters
Author: Rachel Raskin-Zrihen/Times-Herald Section: News Local

Article Text:Vallejo will have a new bakery today, specializing in cupcakes, hummingbird and other style cakes, pies and a range of other treats, Anastasia Domingue and Zipporah Johnsonits owners said Wednesday. Sisters Anastasia Domingue of Suisun City and Zipporah Johnson of Vallejo said they have invested their time, hearts and life savings into creating the Hummingbird Bakery & Dessert Bar at 2037 Springs Road near Oakwood Avenue. It will be in the former Casa Ensenada Mexican restaurant. It's the fulfillment of a long-deferred dream for Johnson, she and her brother-in-law Harold Domingue said. "Zipporah has been baking maybe 30 years for friends and family, and this has been a dream of hers," Harold Domingue said. "Anastasia fell in love with the idea about three years ago when she started looking for something to do once she retired from the state." Anastasia Domingue, 55, said she recently retired after 25 years as a supervising dental assistant at Vacaville's medical prison facility. Johnson, 57, said she's worked at several stores and bakeries, but mostly has been "a stay-at-home mom and band booster." "I bake and decorate cakes and people want me to do this for them all the time, and it was getting out of hand," Johnson said. Building a business out of it seemed like a natural progression, the sisters said. "We want people to come in, have a cup of coffee and a dessert after dinner. Or before dinner," she said. "Or instead of dinner," her sister quipped. "We want it to be a comfortable place and to be an asset to Vallejo." The bakery's layout, table placement and color scheme were all selected to promote "a pleasant environment," Johnson said. Two of seven siblings from a military family raised for several years in Vallejo, the two sisters envision creating "an old fashioned bakery with a new idea," Anastasia Domingue said. Customers will be able to see products being decorated on a wide steel table behind the counter, while enjoying the aroma of coffee brewing and creations baking in the kitchen, the sisters said. That's the old fashioned part. The new part is the dessert bar and the focus on cupcakes, which are all the rage now, the women said. Johnson said cake decorating helps her unwind. "It's relaxing for me," she said. "When I'm doing it, I don't care what is going on around me." Besides hummingbird cakes, (a Southern layer-cake variety), and Cup Cakescupcakes, the bakery will feature German chocolate, red velvet and Champaign pound cake as well as chocolate/mocha, peanut butter and strawberry cupcakes and other desserts like peach cobbler, puddings and ice cream. Cupcakes will sell for $2.50 each, though the women plan to offer a $1.50 after-school cupcake special for children and parent/child cupcake decorating challenges, they said. Cakes will generally range from $23 to about $33, the sisters said. They said the city has been helpful during the business building process, although there have been some unforeseen delays, which have put their hoped-for opening back two weeks. But now, the Hummingbird Bakery & Dessert Bar is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, the women said. For information, call 644-4885.

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