I had just finished a light meal and was waiting at a bus stop, thinking, “Maybe I should have ordered dessert.” As I turned around to peruse the surrounding area, right before my eyes was an image of a cake above a Mission Statement. My curiosity (and craving) lured me into Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company. Yes, my wishes had come true.
Mini cakes, cupcakes, dessert cups, tarts, and more were within reach. Showing great restraint, I postponed placing an order, as I was quite interested in the concept behind the goodies.
Anna, the manager, enthusiastically explained that the owner, Andrea Travaglia, operates another shop in Miami that successfully employs individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Andrea’s Mission Statement emphasizes awareness, understanding, and compassion for those diagnosed with ASD. However, her efforts go beyond general education as noted by Andrea’s objective to create jobs and employ adults with ASD. She matches each person’s skill level with an appropriate job.
Lee and Marie’s NYC location just opened last Monday in East Harlem. Named after two grandmother’s, there are two full-time bakers and several staff members. Along with the mini assortments, the company produces full-sized desserts and operates a catering business for all occasions.
The upbeat atmosphere exemplifies the words posted above the kitchen doorway, “Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn.”
Be sure to check out this new business and support a worthy cause. You won’t be disappointed.
Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company
451 East 116th St. & Pleasant Ave.
New York, NY 10129