When the LaBarbera family was trying to think up the perfect business they decided on something sweet. What’s sweeter than cupcakes? According to the Dayton Daily News, this mom and daughter business offers cupcakes, coffee, and tea.
â€œWe wanted to do something to make people happy and put a smile on their faces,â€ said co-owner Megan LaBarbera-Vanaski.
Megan said the idea for the cupcake bakery (or cupcakery) came from their experiences living in Chicago.
â€œThere were all these mom and pop bakeries in town where you could just run in and sample all these great tastes,â€ Megan said. â€œWe wanted Lebanon to have something like that.â€
To that end, the family has three sizes of cupcakes: the babycakes â€” which offer one-bite treats of each flavor; the classic size and the MegaManna, which Megan said can satisfy two sweet tooths at once.
Cupcakes were chosen, Megan said, because it allows for the most creativity.
â€œCupcakes let you shake up the recipes,â€ Megan said. â€œYou can really play with what you put into one.â€
Manna offers a variety of classic cupcakes each day as well as a daily specialty cupcake from Amandaâ€™s private recipe selection.
â€œI probably have 200 different recipes up here,â€ said Amanda, pointing to her head. â€œAnd Iâ€™m thinking up more all the time.â€
Image from Manna Cupcake Cafe