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French style bakery added to the retail mix of Carmel Arts & Design District
Crème de la Crème offers variety of pastries and custom cakes

Sept. 29, 2008

Carmel, Ind. – As part of the rising tide of retail stores in the Carmel Arts & Design District, a diverse new offering opens Oct. 3 – Crème de la Crème, featuring French style pastries, design cupcakes, cookies and custom cakes.

Located at 324 W. Main St. near the fountain roundabout, Yukiko Kikuchi’s shop reflects her sister’s pâtissier influence, as she helped Yukiko realize her dream of owning her own French bakery. As a master pastry chef in Japan for the last 15 years, Yukiko’s sister taught her the technique, skills and recipes in line with this select style of baking and decorating practiced in France, and remains on-site as advisor during the preliminary shop opening.

Transplanted from a 5-year stint in Las Vegas as a wedding planner and cake decorator, Yukiko said she and her mother-in-law found the new location just from passing through, headed to the Carmel Library.

Her mother-in-law, Katsue Kikuchi, said, “We were driving together and saw the District sign and new development in this area. It’s very clean and nice-looking, so we thought it was a good location for a retail shop because we see future development coming.” 

House specialties include the signature crème de la crème roll cake, which is light sponge cake with vanilla cream. “It’s melt-in-your mouth soft,” commented neighboring business owner Soori Ardalan of Soori Gallery.

“Fine quality pastries and cake is what you’ll find here,” said Yukiko. She added, “We like to eat!”

The bakery’s unique version of strawberry shortcake often sold out in the first two weeks since the initial soft opening. It’s sponge cake with heavy whipping cream and strawberries. For the chocolate-lover, Gateau choclat cake has a dark chocolate flavor and is also popular. Items range from $1.50-$4 for one-serving pastries and desserts. The bakery will feature coupons each month on its Web site starting in mid-October at www.cremedelacremecarmel.com.

For the two-day grand opening, Oct. 3-4, 2008, Crème de la Crème will offer a 10 percent discount on all items except custom cakes. Yukiko is anticipating a busy weekend and said she feels very supported by the Carmel community and her country of origin’s local presence.

Carmel Sister Cities, Inc. Director Kumiko Brunson ordered a cake from Crème de la Crème for the Japanese Garden dedication on Sept. 25, which was decorated to reflect Japanese culture.

Yukiko commented that the growing Japanese culture within Carmel is connecting through Orchard School, with about 300 students attending Saturday classes to learn and keep up with Japanese language and culture.

“Many businesses have executives from Japan here in the United States for 3 to 5 years, and their children must study Japanese to prepare for the return to their country,” she explained.

The bakery is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Custom cakes and specialty pastries can be made-to-order with advance notice, including for business meetings or special events. Call 317.569.6770 for more information.

The Carmel Arts & Design District is the Midwest’s newest, premier setting for the arts and design industry. Already it has attracted well over 100 businesses, including art galleries, antique dealers, furniture and interior design showrooms, even a race track design company! There are restaurants, boutiques, creative service providers, and an eclectic variety of specialty retail stores. And the list of merchants continues to grow.

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