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Newest GiGi’s Cupcakes Opens in Woodbury, Minnesota

November 04, 2016 // Franchising.com // WOODBURY, Minn. – Gigi's Cupcakes, known for its incredible variety of gourmet cupcakes with icing piled high and exquisite decorations, announces the opening of its newest location in Woodbury, Minnesota. The store, located in The Shoppes at Woodbury Village at 7455 Currell Blvd, will be owned and operated by Krista Kook and marks the second GiGi’s Cupcakes location in Minnesota.

Prior to opening the cupcake shop, Kook worked at the Platinum Bank in Oakdale, Minnesota for nine years, most recently as Vice President of Cash Management. While her day job at the bank had her working alongside local entrepreneurs, owning her own business was her true passion. After researching various business opportunities, she decided to utilize her business background and buy a GiGi’s Cupcakes franchise.

“I saw a lot of Gigi in myself. While I enjoyed my job at the bank, I was ready for a more creative career and living out my passion,” Kook said. “Every day I would work with entrepreneurs realizing their dreams and decided it was time to go after mine.”

Gigi Butler, the founder and culinary creator of GiGi’s Cupcakes, moved to Nashville in 1994 from California to pursue a career in music. At 15 years old, Gigi started Gigi’s Cleaning Company and continued that business once she arrived in Nashville.  For fourteen years, Gigi supported her dream by cleaning houses during the day and singing late nights at the honky tonks on Broadway. While she loved music, she also had a passion for the culinary arts and baking. As years went by, she decided to take a chance on baking. She took a huge risk by opening a cupcake boutique in a high rent area just off of Music Row on Broadway in Nashville on February 21, 2008 – not far from the bars where she sang. 

Soon after opening, Gigi's Cupcakes became Nashville's delicacy dessert of choice and eight years later, it has grown to over 100 franchise locations across the country in 24 states - making Gigi's Cupcakes America's favorite cupcake and the largest cupcake franchise in the country.

Best known for its signature "Gigi's swirl," the bakery offers a variety of gourmet desserts, including 300 rotating cupcake flavors with sugar free and gluten free options, mini cupcakes, custom cakes, cheesecakes and stuffed cookies

More information on Gigi’s Cupcakes is available at www.gigiscupcakesusa.com.

About Gigi’s Cupcakes

Founded in 2008 by Gina “Gigi” Butler as a local boutique bakery in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Gigi’s Cupcakes has grown into America’s largest cupcake franchise with over 100 locations nationwide. In 2016, Gigi’s Cupcakes was acquired by an affiliate of Fort Worth-based FundCorp. Gigi’s Cupcakes offers a wide variety of high-quality, freshly baked goods, including cupcakes, cakes, pies, cookies and more all made from recipes created by Gigi, whose American Dream story has inspired people across the country.

More information on Gigi’s Cupcakes is available at www.gigiscupcakesusa.com. Gigi’s franchise information is available at www.gigiscupcakesfranchise.com.

SOURCE Gigi’s Cupcakes

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BizCom Associates
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sara@bizcompr.com

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