I tried out Love Cafe after a reader recommended it. It’s about the size of your average coffee shop with a little nest towards the back that you can hide out in for 8 hours or so without having to buy too much.
The coffee was good—the baristas did a little foam swirl which was a nice touch, but the reason people come here is for the cake. A single slice costs up to $7. They can get 10 slices out of one cake so I can only imagine the profit margin out of something that probably costs two bucks to make. And people were lining up to pay for this luxury cake. They were in their twenties and dressed and acted like me and my friends.
I’m convinced you can take any product, triple the price, and sell it to yuppies who feel special for spending their money. They already do it with tap water, ice cream, coffee, and smoothies. I’m going to do it to steak and cheese sandwiches. I’m going to charge you $20 for one sandwich that has locally raised produce and meat. And you are going to fucking love it and come back for more because it makes you feel nouveau rich. I will have free wireless internet too.
At Love Cafe cake temperature is so important that they have laminated informational cards to tell you when you can eat your cake. If you don’t wait 15 minutes until your cake warms up, an employee takes your slice away and asks you to leave. My slice of New German Chocolate cake was very nice and I’ll be back because I fit the targeted audience for luxury cake and espresso beverages.
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It costs more that $2 bucks to make a Cake Love cake. They use premium ingredients and they are situated on a very spendy piece of property. Not only are you paying for the cake slice but you are paying to eat that slice on an expensive piece of property. Cake Love is expensive but I have yet to find a better caramel cupcake.
If you’re all about specialized mainstream products, you should try out Elevation Burger, although they don’t charge thru the nose.
No hot chicks = fuck that shit
Thats all I gots to say
Also, the owner of Cake Love has his own show on the Food Network (might help explain the hype and the price).
“…you can take any product, triple the price, and sell it to yuppies who feel special for spending their money.” = PURPLE COW. You read that book right? I thought you said you did.
I like my cake right out of the refrigerator. If someone tried to take it away from me, I might* punch them.
*replace “might” with “would” during PMS week.
Love Cafe and Cake Love are the most overrated dessert purveyors in this city. I know of no other bakery that has to hand out an instruction manual to explain why its product tastes subpar at the point of sale. Even with that business about the health department requiring refrigeration on desserts, it doesn’t explain why they can’t make a scone (no refrigeration required) to save their life.
Give me Sticky Fingers or Patisserie Poupon any day.
Sticky Fingers in DC has the BEST vegan desserts in the area. Healthy, good, and cheap. Dunno about wireless though.
I agree with the overpriced and they’ll buy it attitude.
It’s unreal how ya could practically take a shit on a plate, call it ‘rare’ and someone would buy it if priced at $300.
reminds me of apple products
I can’t imagine the room temp thing. I prefer things that are cold.
ITS A PIECE OF CAKE TO BAKE A PRETTY CAKE IF U DO UR COOKING BY THE BOOK
Ha, thank god for yuppies. Where would so many buisnesses be without them?
I must admit, I feel “special” sometimes when I spend money. But that’s only because I was broke and homeless for while and money is still this new and cool thing to me.
They are opening another one in Arlington – Shirlington…
“I’m convinced you can take any product, triple the price, and sell it to yuppies who feel special for spending their money.”
Of course you can–it’s called a Veblen good.
Luxury fashion companies do it all the time. A Dior Homme USB drive for $3000, anyone?