By Maria Gotay

My ears perked up when a new coffee shop opened on Knickerbocker Ave; about 40 feet from my apartment. The small space previously existed as Long Lai Thai restaurant, now houses a cute, homey, and kid-friendly coffee shop with a cupcake bakery (along with a rotating gallery!). Sweet & Shiny.

Owner, glassblower and Cake Artist Elaine Li seems to be ushering the cupcake era into Bushwick. Yes, you might find a cupcake littered in a bodega somewhere else along Knikerbocker, but her cupcakes and cakes, (which she frosted right in from of me) from red velvet to dulce de leche, are delactable. Not to mention well-schmeared bagels and top notch coffee….

I love the eclectic mash of art on the walls and tables at Sweet & Shiny. From glass blown dishes, an oragami hanging sculpture to beautiful paintings and photographs, all by local artists. The next gallery show will feature the art work of children made during Sweet & Shiny’s kids’ art workshops.

To stay posted about kids’ classes and cupcakes, like  their facebook page.










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