2017-07-15 / Front Page

From guns to goodies

Former Ruger employee opening bakery in Claremont
By TIMOTHY LAROCHE

Tami Joslin, owner of Custom Cakes by Tami and Uptown Bakery, finishes decorating a cake at her new 10 Glidden Street location. The Uptown Bakery will be open for business July 31. — TIMOTHY LAROCHETami Joslin, owner of Custom Cakes by Tami and Uptown Bakery, finishes decorating a cake at her new 10 Glidden Street location. The Uptown Bakery will be open for business July 31. — TIMOTHY LAROCHECLAREMONT — Even when Tami Joslin spent her days assembling firearms parts at Ruger in Newport, she spent her nights baking cakes for her coworkers. Only a few weeks ago, Joslin decided to go “all in” with her baking career, opening a physical location for her business at 10 Glidden St. and leaving the firearms factory.


Custom Cakes by Tami and Uptown Bakery is set to open July 31 at the quiet Glidden Street location, site of the former Elainis Greek Cuisine. Joslin said she hopes that the storefront will allow her to expand her business to serve coffee, breakfast sandwiches and even homemade donuts.


“These will be homemade from scratch. Everything here is homemade from scratch,” Joslin said.


Though the store is new, Joslin and her baking prowess have been established for years now — she has baking cakes for 21 years. Custom Cakes by Tami, Joslin’s home iteration of her business, primarily served wedding cakes and holiday desserts. Those services, including cakes for special occasions, will still be offered, but the new location allows Joslin to offer much more.


“I started baking with my grandmother when I was little, so I have baked forever,” Joslin said. “But I only started doing cakes when my kids were little.”


Joslin started her cake decorating business by selling the cakes to her coworkers at Ruger, and the demand has been steady ever since. Now that her children have grown up, Joslin said she is eager to expand her businesses into a full-time bakery with a physical location.


“When you’re a mom of three kids and you always have all these things going on all the time, what do you do after? You open a bakery,” Joslin said.


Inside the small bakery, the walls and décor — painted the color of mint chocolate chip ice cream — creates a calm and comfortable atmosphere. In one corner, a black couch and coffee table make for a cozy place to enjoy a baked treat, Joslin said, and she hopes that students at nearby Stevens High School will find some use for it early in the mornings when school starts up again.


“If the high school kids want to come in here and hang out, have a cup of coffee or iced coffee or Monster… they can just kind of relax,” Joslin said. “It’s kind of a comfortable homey place.”


Before the bakery opens at the end of the month, Joslin is hard at work renovating the space — painting the walls, moving in freezers and updating the storefront to meet her clean, uncluttered style. Soon, the display cases will be full with cupcakes, muffins, cannoli and other baked goods.


The Uptown Bakery will open at 5 a.m. on July 31. For more information, visit customcakesbytami.com.

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