Annapolis has a new stop for coffee, cupcakes and ice cream: JoJo's Cupcakes & Cream opened its doors at 188 Main St. Friday.
Owners Chris and JoRhea Wright of Easton wanted a location where they would get foot traffic.
"When this spot opened up, they jumped on it," said Karyn Hutson, the store's general manager.
In less than two months, construction crews transformed the location into an explosion of pink walls and sweet smells, and there is still work to be done.
Hutson said the back room, which is now being used as overflow seating, will eventually become a space for birthday parties, mother-daughter baking classes and even book clubs.
She said she's really committed to help the Wrights grow their business, which started less than a year ago when the first store opened in Easton.
"I'm passionate about cupcakes," Hutson said.
She's so passionate that she left her job leasing space at Westfield Annapolis mall after she met the Wrights when they opened a cupcake cart by Nordstrom last year.
Chris Wright invited Hutson to join their team when they decided to expand the company's Annapolis footprint by moving from the mall into the downtown space.
"I've gone from suits and heels to flip-flops and T-shirts," Hutson said.
Her favorite cupcake is the "Cookie Monster," which is a chocolate cupcake with Oreo buttercream frosting topped with an Oreo cookie, according to the company's website.
In total, there are more than 50 cupcake flavors. That's in addition to 32 flavors of Kilby Cream's ice cream. Cupcakes sell for $2.50 each, and ice cream starts at $2 for a kiddie scoop.
One ice cream flavor Hutson recommends trying out is "Maryland Madness."
"It's a lemon ice cream with raspberry swirl and chocolate chips," Hutson said. "It kind of looks like the Maryland flag."
I tried a sample, and it tasted more like a sorbet with chocolate chips, which is surprisingly good.
Most of the customers that flowed through the shop in a steady stream Saturday afternoon opted for ice cream instead of cupcakes—not surprising given the nearly 90-degree temperatures outside.
Randy Schrickel and Cathy Calliotte shared a bowl of chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream that they both agreed was delicious. They also bought a box of four cupcakes.
"We have two daughters at home, so we are going to share them tonight for dessert," Schrickel said.
Amira Wellborn also decided to save her red velvet cupcake for later. She sat by the window enjoying a bowl of Kilby's Snickers ice cream flavor.
"It tastes like a cold Snickers on a hot summer day," Wellborn said.