SWEETS FOR THE SWEET — Melanie’s Eats-N-Sweets is located at 182 Lake St. in Hamburg. The business offers breakfast and lunch, to dine in or take out, as well as customized cakes, pies and other baked goods. A coffee shop is also in the works and will feature lattes, espressos and more. Photos by Jessie Owen.
HAMBURG — Melanie’s Eats-N-Sweets is now celebrating its second year of filling hungry Western New Yorkers’ bellies with fresh breakfast and lunch offerings. Owner Melanie Rozler opened up shop on May 1, 2012, after having taken the plunge out of the corporate world and into the new domain of small business ownership.
Rozler, who is originally from Buffalo, worked for 10 years in upper management, while doing what she said she loved on the side: baking and decorating cakes. Her hobby began to evolve, as people came to her with increasingly more difficult requests. “I kept getting more and more challenged,” she said, “and my work got better and better.”
Her husband Paul Rozler discovered a location on Lake Street that the couple decided was perfect for them. “It was a big decision,” Melanie Rozler said, “but we decided to give it a shot.” And that is how Melanie’s Eats-N-Sweets was born.
TAKE A LOAD OFF — Food from Melanie’s Eats-N-Sweets can be enjoyed in the business’s dining room or taken out.
The cafe originally served lunch, but it soon began including breakfast, in its offerings. Customers may take advantage of a full breakfast and lunch menu. Early risers can choose from bacon, sausage, eggs, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast wraps, while those coming in on their lunch break can survey an array of sandwiches, paninis, salads, wraps, homemade soups and the daily special.
“We make everything fresh,” Rozler said. “Nothing is sitting around.”
In addition to breakfast and lunch foodstuffs, Rozler has continued with her passion for baking, offering custom cakes, cupcakes and dessert trays for all occasions.
“It can be as simple as a special drawing or as complex as a built-up cake,” Rozler said, using, for example, a baby-shaped cake she recently made. She said that tiered cakes are popular now, as is decorative fondant work.
The shop also has “just a cake” offerings, which are frosted and include only writing. The custom cakes must be ordered a week in advance, but the “just a cake” goodies can usually be completed within 48 hours, for last minute events and celebrations.
Rozler said that she has received a variety of cake requests and enjoys the challenge. “I never say no,” she said. “I can always figure it out. If you order your cake from me, it’s truly made to order. It’s not from a book or off a shelf. I never copy someone else’s work. It’s unique to that person and I put my own twist on it.”
She said that she appreciates being part of individuals’ life celebrations. One couple, planning a secret wedding, took her into their confidence and commissioned a Buffalo Sabres-themed wedding cake.
“It’s my own personal recipe,” she said. “What makes my cakes stand out is the true, honest-to-God buttercream frosting.”
In addition, she said that her special “cake pops,” cakes on a stick, are very popular and can be ordered for special occasions. These and cupcakes are available for purchase in the cafe, which is featuring August’s cupcake of the month: strawberry lemonade.
LOOKING GOOD — Melanie Rozler’s new dessert case allows customers to browse a variety of pies and cakes, available for immediate purchase.
The cafe’s sweet offerings are baked on site, but Rozler said that she was unable to store full-sized pies and cakes until recently, when she invested in a dessert case, this year. “I didn’t have enough storage before,” she said. “Now, I have more full-sized items on site, for those last minute occasions.”
She said that she keeps her most popular pies, including her special mini pies, in stock, as well as cake selections and more.
All of the baking is done on-site and Rozler said that her three employees enjoy working together, to provide customers with the special goodies. “We are very close-knit,” she said. “It’s a fun working environment.”
Customers can look for lattes and espressos by Sept. 1, as the business will be expanding its coffee shop. These new offerings will join the flavored and iced coffees that are currently on the menu.
Melanie’s Eats-N-Sweets is located at 182 Lake St., at the side entrance of Monroe’s Place. For more information, call 238-0920 or visit www.melanieseatsandsweets.com
or the business’s Facebook page.