Alicia Meyers made her dream a reality when she opened LeeLee’s Bakery in October.
At her bakery at 720 S. Keyser Ave., the 21-year-old owner serves the greater Taylor community a variety of gourmet cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies, just to name a few. For special occasions, Meyers also makes cakes and offers off-premise catering, and customers can sit and enjoy her variety of baked goods at tables in the bakery.
Chef’s Table recently chatted with Meyers about her confections.
Q: What is the history of the restaurant?
A: I am 21 years old and had a dream of opening a bakery for a very long time. I went to college for business. In 2020, the opportunity came to me, and I am following my dream. I knew I was taking a chance to open a business during a pandemic, but so far the community has been amazing with supporting my small business. … I hope in years to come there will be lots of history to be told with LeeLee’s Bakery.
Q: What kind of food do you serve, and what is available for people with special diets?
A: My items include specialty cakes for any occasion, gourmet cupcakes, cake-based doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, brownies, hot cocoa bombs, cannolis and sugar cookies. For special diets, we serve gluten-free cakes with dairy-free buttercream.
Q: What are your most ordered menu items, and why?
A: Specialty cakes, gourmet cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and specialty cakes. The public tells me what they want for their special occasion, and I come up with amazing ideas to make their special day perfect. The public also enjoys our cinnamon rolls, and we have had amazing feedback about (them). On Sundays, we have lines of people outside waiting to come in for their cinnamon buns. We serve regular and flavored cinnamon buns with our homemade cream cheese icing.
Q: How did your menu come to be?
A: I was always inspired by New York City bakeries and always like to try new things and (wanted to) bring something new to this area. I always loved to bake, but decorating is truly my talent, so I put both together, and the Northeast Pennsylvania area has already proved to me how much they love my talent.
Q: How would you describe the bakery’s atmosphere?
A: A bakery that you want to walk into, where we always make you feel comfortable. We welcome and love all of our customers and invite them to sit down at our tables for a coffee and donut to just relax and have friendly conversations.
Q: What type of seating do you offer?
A: Tables and chairs, and we also have a sofa area to sit and go over wedding consults, etc.
Q: What kinds of promotions do you offer?
A: We run different specials every week depending on the day and holiday.
Q: Do you offer catering, event space, etc.?
A: We offer off-premise catering.
Q: Are you currently offering delivery, takeout or curbside pickup?
A: We offer delivery, takeout and curbside pickup.
Q: Where do you see the bakery headed in the future?
A: I am hoping to expand and maybe open a second location in the future.
Editor’s note: LeeLee’s Bakery is temporarily closed Wednesday, March 31, after a possible exposure to COVID-19. Although everyone employed at the bakery tested negatively for the virus, the establishment has closed out of precaution and to undergo a deep cleaning, owner Alicia Meyers said. Customers who were scheduled to pick up orders today have been contacted. Meyers said she expects to reopen tomorrow, Thursday, April 1, but suggests that customers check the LeeLee’s Bakery Facebook page for updates.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. She also writes Chef’s Table that profiles restaurants around the region. Additionally, Laura curates events online on AccessNEPA.com. Laura is involved in the special Mother’s Day edition and curates occasional features Marry Memories and Times Travelers. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She also earned a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5228.