Shopping Centers Today

AUG 2018

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S T O R E F R O N T S to begin, as Juan baked and Olga decorated the cakes. is past April the Montanos opened their 10th store, with a 10-year lease at e Shoppes of Old Cutler, a strip center in Miami–Dade County's Cutler Bay. Now they are in negotiations for their 11th shop within the county. "Party Cake Bakery is a special place to many people," said Olga Montano, "not only because of the fine products we provide with the highest quality, but because we also remain a family-owned and operated business." e couple met while working at a Publix supermarket in Miami, where Olga practiced the decorating skills she had learned from her grand- mother, and where Juan had become bakery manager. He had been a delivery driver for a French bakery in the city, but his ambition and work ethic were such that he would stay behind long aer his shi ended so that he might learn whatever he could from the shop's pastry chefs. Over time, Party Cake Bakery built a reputation in Miami for its café Cubano (espresso), pastel de carne (a meat pie) and croqueta de bacalao (a salted cod dish). Demand kept growing until the Montanos were selling thousands of pastries per week and serving hundreds of cus- tomers per day. In 2003 they opened their second shop, and eight years later they began providing catered food. en they launched several more shops, with each one offering an open view of the kitchen so that customers could observe the bakers and decorators at work. "Customers love this feature in our stores," said Olga Montano, "as they trust every- thing going on behind the scenes." Having recently purchased a ware- house in West Kendall that once be- longed to Sears, the Montanos have plans to turn it into a commissary in which they will make products for distribution to their shops or for serving customers on-site. "is building process should take us to the end of 2019," said the Mon- tanos' son Alejandro, who handles most of the marketing for the busi- ness. "When our commissary is func- tioning, we plan on growing north, beginning with Broward County and going upward from there." e family also intends to remodel some of the existing Dade County units to provide more seating, he says. As for plans beyond the Sunshine State, Alejandro Montano asserts only that the family's focus will remain on Florida for now. "But just like we treat our customers," he said, "we will never say no." n The Duro-Last ® Roofing System protects your business in more ways than one. Sure, there's the superior performance against the elements. But the custom-fabrication process means a Duro-Last Roofing System goes on faster with less waste. And installation is quiet and safe, eliminating disruptions to your business. All of which protect your bottom line. It's one of many reasons we're known as the "World's Best Roof ® ". How about we discuss them with you? Keeps the weather out. And the shoppers in. Learn how Duro-Last can help you protect your investment: (888) 359-7365 Duro-Last and the "World's Best Roof" are registered trademarks owned by Duro-Last, Inc. ORIG: 5/14/18 - DL040005

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