Two Chicks in the Mix to Open Brick-and-Mortar This Spring

A popular Black woman-owned online-only bakery is opening a store in Oakland.
Two Chicks in the Mix to Open Oakland Brick-and-Mortar This Spring
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Two Chicks in the Mix has reached a new milestone, announcing via San Francisco Chronicle the news of their upcoming brick-and-mortar storefront late last week. The Black woman-owned bakery, which operates both in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, will be setting up shop on the ground floor of a new apartment building at 1919 Market St. in Oakland

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A 1,200 square-foot space will soon be a new home to the bakery’s popular floral cakes, scrumptious pies and other baked goods, but they also plan to expand the menu with coffee service and breakfast fare, such as croissants and chia seed pudding. They will offer seating at their bakery, which is intended to be a social space for their customers. 

They hope to open by this spring and in the meantime, are currently scouting out locations for their Los Angeles store. Friends Malaka Wilson-Greene and Erica Freeman founded Two Chicks in the Mix in 2013 as an online-only business selling baked goods. 

Their inspiration was to create updated versions of desserts they grew up eating, using California produce to combine creative flavors and Black food culture. One of their signature desserts is a Lemon Olive Oil Cake. “Lemon cake and lemon pound cakes are a big deal with Black people. You’ll see grocery-store varieties at a lot of Black family gatherings,” Wilson-Green told the Chronicle in 2020

Wilson-Greene runs Two Chicks from Oakland, while Freeman oversees operations in Los Angeles. While their cakes, adorned with fresh flowers and produce, became popular among the wedding scene, sales took off during the pandemic when people ordered their $20 4-inch layer cakes “just because.”

Considering their continued success and growing popularity, it won’t be long before we see Two Chicks’ beautiful and delicious cakes all across the Golden State. For more information, visit www.twochicksinthemix.com.

Two Chicks in the Mix to Open Oakland Brick-and-Mortar This Spring
Photo: Official
Nadine Blanco

Nadine Blanco

Nadine (she/her) writes for What Now San Francisco and What Now Phoenix with a background in online content creation, plus book and magazine publishing. In her free time, Nadine can be found at a bookstore, the beach, or a Padres game. Currently craving: a strong cup or coffee or a bowl of spicy ramen.
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