Fanny Cakes may be the newest business to open in Nesconset, but inside you'll find a unique balance between new and old -- contemporary imagery and decor paired with time-tested, familiar baked goods.
Baker and business owner Kristyn Weiser named her business after her late grandmother Filomena, nicknamed "Fanny," who introduced her to baking.
"She used to teach me how to bake all the time, we'd be in the kitchen for hours," Weiser said. "It felt natural for me to pay homage to her."
The treats you could purchase at Fanny Cakes are the 23-year-old baker's versions of traditional baked goods that range from cake pops to cupcakes, custom cakes, pastries and much more. Wesier recommends first-time customers try her banana cupcakes.
While paying homage to her late grandmother and teacher, the business was created in Weiser's image, with a design and decor that boasts faux gems and cakes that sit atop chrome-polished luggage, coupled with modern furniture that line the walls underneath full-color portraits of her cooking creations.
"I wanted a really clean space with my works that I've done in the past, the cakes and stuff like that to be the focal point, so you weren't distracted by loud colors on the wall. The dummy cakes are really what brings you in," Weiser said.
What stands out visually in Fanny Cakes is the furniture -- you could enoy your tasty treats in a hot pink chair around a clear glass table, a black beanbag chair, or on a loveseat by the storefront window while playing a game of tic-tac-toe.
"I want [clients] to come in and stay, feel comfortable, come to eat, have a cup of coffee and relax," she said. "I want it to be a warm, comfy, cozy environment for everybody."
Patricia Weiser, mother to Kristyn, said her daughter first pursued a degree from St. Josephs College in elementary education, but after seeing a lack of enthusiasm to become an educator she encouraged her to follow her dreams of becoming a baker.
"I said, 'you have to do something that's going to make you happy for 30 years, that you're going to be able to have passion about.' We had an appointment at the Institute of Culinary Education the next day," she said.
Now a business owner in a field she's passionate about, Weiser promises that locals will leave the store with the best baked goods they could buy.
"I don't think there's any reason to make sacrifices or cut corners to sacrifice your product just to make money," she said.
Fanny Cakes is located at 127 Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset.