JIM THORPE, PA – A popular Carbon County creperie is inviting the community to celebrate its one-year anniversary with live music, free food and drinks and a chance to be a part of the decision-making process for its expansion.
Offering sweet and savory crepes, pastries, bubble tea and more, Ma’s Crepes & Cakes will host a free celebratory event in honor of its first year in business from noon to 4 p.m. July 1 and 2 at 46 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe .
The family business has become one of Carbon County’s most popular foodie destinations, and the anniversary celebration aims to thank the community for its tremendous support.
Guests attending the event will be able to enjoy complimentary bubble tea samples, mini cupcakes and live music.
“This past year has been so much fun,” said co-owner Tony Martinez. “My parents are chefs, and my sisters and I juggle back and forth. We’ve never started a food business before, but we’re all entrepreneurs, and my parents are really amazing cooks. They’ve been doing family events for decades. So we just came up with everything that is about business.”
The creperie uses almost all organic ingredients, with one exception being the graham cracker crumble in the s’mores pancake, Martinez said.
Pancakes range in price from $8 to $15, and top-selling varieties include breakfast options such as “Egg Veggie” (egg, cheese, spinach, mushroom, onion, bell pepper, and tomato) and “Everyday” (egg, cheese, and a choice of meat – bacon, sausage or turkey bacon – drizzled with maple syrup) and sweet selections like “Bunch O’ Berries” (fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and sweet whipped cream, covered in creamy chocolate) and “Fruity Tootie” (whipped cream filling, fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas, with a sweet chocolate glaze).
Customers can also enjoy savory crepes such as manicotti (creamy ricotta, mozzarella and parmigiana, topped with tomato sauce) and empanada (ground chicken seasoned with sofrito, spices, melted cheddar and a side of Spanish rice in a baked plantain cup).
For those with a sweet tooth, the rotating selection of baked goods includes cookies, kiffles and gourmet mini cakes.
“My mom is a baker and she bakes all the delicious pastries,” Martinez said. “We usually have cookies, brownies, cupcakes and mini cakes. Large slices of carrot cake and red velvet cake are always in stock.”
About two months ago, Ma’s Crepes & Cakes added its own and signature bubble tea to the store’s menu, and the drinks’ popularity has been “crazy,” Martinez said.
Made with organic milk and tea and chewy tapioca balls, the milk tea includes varieties like pink hibiscus, brown sugar, peach oolong, matcha and taro.
Customers can also enjoy a variety of fruit teas, including mango, passion fruit and raspberry.
“Because we have a lot of teas and a lot of flavors and syrups, you can make your own drinks,” Martinez said. “There are endless possibilities.”
As a faith-based family business, Ma’s Crepes & Cakes prides itself on its commitment to the local community.
Family members who commute from Macungie, Lehigh County to operate the facility have a deep love for Jim Thorpe and give back to the community by donating a percentage of the business’ revenue to local nonprofits.
With every purchase, customers can feel a sense of fulfillment knowing they are supporting people who are facing real challenges in this field.
In addition to the one-year anniversary celebration, Ma’s Crepes & Cakes plans to expand to another community. The company is eager to hear from its valued customers and get feedback to determine their next location.
Event attendees will have the opportunity to provide input and help shape the creperie’s growth.
Ma’s Crepes & Cakes, which also offers hot and cold coffee, is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Info: mascrepesandcakes.com.