“The wedding-cake files were in a different spot, so they weren’t able to save those. And they saved the cash register.”
LOSING HOME, TOO
Gates grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Lake Placid schools.
She came home and started Cake Placid out of a love for confection after attending culinary school in central New York.
Her cupcakes and tiered layer cakes have fast become beloved at local farmers markets and at catered events.
She had not expected to reclaim a thing, given the intensity of the fire.
“Chad Blinn gave them to me. Basically, I just hugged him and said thank you,” Gates said.
The loss by fire is compounded by the fact that Gates was just displaced from the home she rented for herself and two small daughters.
“We just found out the week before that the house we rent was sold. So now we’re looking for a home as well,” the baker said.
“I’m optimistic. I think that part will be an easy fix. And it’s just stuff. I still have me, and I can still make cupcakes.
“I am very thankful for everything everybody’s doing. I’m completely overwhelmed. I never expected any of this. I’ve never been the kind of person to ask for help, and I feel funny.”
FRIENDS STEP UP
It is Elizabeth Amell and Stacey Byno, two of Gates’s friends and customers, who organized what has become a community-wide drive to help businesses displaced by the Station Street blaze.
“Lake Placid Pub and Brewery has offered to donate the space to do the fundraiser,” Amell said. “Chris and Catherine Ericson called to ask what they could do. And they’re also donating $2 from every pint sold to the rebuilding of Cake Placid.
“Insurance helps. But it doesn’t cover everything,” Amell, a radio marketing agent with Y106.3 FM, acknowledged.