Whoopie Pie News

Coffee & Whoopie Pie Shop Grand Opening Press Release

June 19, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

For Immediate Release 
 
Grand Opening Planned for Cape Whoopies and Rwanda Bean Company's New Whoopie Pie Bakery and Flagship Coffee Shop in South Portland, Saturday, June 30, 2018 
Public Being Asked to Name a NEW Cape Whoopies Flavor 
 
South Portland, Maine - June 11, 2018. One of Maine's newest business partnerships is inviting the public to attend a Grand Opening of it's South Portland whoopie pie bakery and coffee shop Saturday, June 30th. The special celebration and ribbon cutting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with South Portland Mayor Linda Cohen and other special guests and friends. Throughout the day there will be special tastings and offerings of Cape Whoopies gourmet pies and Rwanda Bean Company hot coffees and nitro cold brew coffee. The public will be asked to name a new Cape Whoopies flavor. 
 
"We have been overwhelmed by the support of so many people since our soft opening a few weeks ago, " said Cape Whoopies founder Marcia Wiggins. "Our customers shared their thoughts and ideas and Mike and I and our hard-working crews listened. We have grown so much already, thanks to our new and loyal customers." 
 
May 19th, Cape Whoopies, and Rwanda Bean Company announced their partnership with a soft opening of a state of the art bakery, coffee shop and cold-brewing facility at 185 Cottage Road in South Portland.
 
"There is always a bit of the unknown when you start a new business," said Rwanda Bean Company co-founder Mike Mwenedata, "We have put our heart and soul into creating something special for our neighbors and friends. This is just the beginning."
 
Marcia Wiggins started her gourmet whoopie pie baking company in her Cape Elizabeth home in January 2013 and in a couple of years moved her production line to Portland's Fork Food Lab. That is where she started talks of collaborating with Ben Graffius, founder of White Cap Cold Brew Coffee and Mwenedata, founder of Rwanda Bean, a Portland coffee company. The rest is now history - Cape Whoopies and Rwanda Bean Company created a new partnership.
 
The doors at the coffee and whoopie pie shop will open at the regular 6:00 am time on the day of Grand Opening. There will be raffles, contests, prizes, balloons and more after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
 
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Cape Whoopies and Rwanda Bean Company's regular hours are 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Tuesday - Saturday185 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine 04106.
For more information contact: Cape Whoopies, marcia@capewhoopies.com. 207-409-0957 Rwanda Bean Company, info@rwandabean.com. 207-651-0150

Whoopie Pie Bakery & Coffee Shop Grand Opening Scheduled for June 30th!

June 07, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Announcing the 💫 OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING 💫 of Rwanda Bean Company and Cape Whoopies, Maine's Gourmet Whoopie Pie at 185 Cottage Road! 🎉🎉🎉

 

On Saturday, June 30th, we invite you to join us in celebrating the grand opening of our highly anticipated coffee shop, flagship roastery, and whoopie pie bakery collaboration. We'll be open from 6 am to 6 pm, serving up the best coffees, cold brews, and gourmet whoopie pies to ever hit South Portland, Maine! While our official ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9:30-10am (with Mayor Linda Cohen in attendance), visit us throughout the day for all sorts of tasty treats, including White Cap Coffee cold brew and whoopie pie tastings, raffles, contests, and prizes you will love. We'll also have balloons for the kids, cool swag for sale, and the final naming of our newest, NO-NAME whoopie pie flavor. If you haven't had a chance yet to stop by our new digs and taste for yourself what greater Portland’s going crazy over, our grand opening will be the perfect time to learn what we're all about! 🤗

RSVP to our Facebook Event here!

 

whoopie pie and coffee shop grand opening flyer

PRESS RELEASE: Cape Whoopies and Rwanda Bean Company Announce a New Partnership, New Whoopie Pie Bakery and Flagship Coffee Shop Opening in South Portland, Friday, May 18, 2018

May 14, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

For Immediate Release

South Portland, Maine - May 14, 2018. Marcia Wiggins started Cape Whoopies, a gourmet whoopie pie company in her Cape Elizabeth home in January, 2013. When her business required more work space and larger ovens to keep up with the increasing demand for her Cape Whoopies, Wiggins moved her production line to Portland's Fork Food Lab, a kitchen rental space for food business startups. That's where she met White Cap Cold Brew Coffee co-owners, Ben Graffius and Tom Marlowe, who brew nitro cold brew coffee using beans from Rwanda and Michael Mwenedata, and Nick Mazuroski who started Rwanda Bean, a coffee bean wholesale company in 2014. Last year the two coffee bean companies merged under the name Rwanda Bean Company and named their special nitro cold brew coffee White Cap.

This Friday, May 19th, Cape Whoopies, and Rwanda Bean Company officially launch a partnership with a soft opening of a state of the art bakery, roastery, coffee shop and coldbrewing facility at 185 Cottage Road in South Portland. The Maine companies will share the renovated space which used to be "Cherished Possessions." The neighboring businesses are Ruby Thailand Cuisine, Red's and Ottos.

"I have spent good, long years growing and perfecting Cape Whoopies with the help of family, friends and my husband Dennis, who has always been a good sport about wearing a hairnet while preparing the whoopie pies," says Wiggins. "Cape Whoopies and Rwanda Bean Company will
now share a space in a wonderful community and continue to support one another. I like to think of South Portland as our international headquarters."

Every week dozens of hundred pound bags of bourbon arabica beans will be delivered to the new coffee shop and roastery from Rwanda's mountainous Karora province where Rwanda Bean Company founder Michael Mwenedata lived until the age of 9. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide rebels stormed his village, killing hundreds of people, including his parents and five siblings. Mwenedata lived in refugee camps before immigrating to the United States in 2009. He eventually came to Maine and attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland where he met his business partner Nick Mazuroski, who was already working in the food service business.

"I was determined to find a way to give back to the families in my homeland and to help coffee bean growers succeed. We reinvest fifty percent of our profits to help farmers, their families and communities," says Mwenedata. "Partnering with Marcia and Cape Whoopies and opening our Rwanda Bean Company flagship roastery and coffee shop in South Portland is now a dream come true.

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Cape Whoopies and Rwanda Bean Company's regular hours are 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday at 185 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine 04106.
For more information contact: Cape Whoopies, marcia@capewhoopies.com. 207-409-0957
Rwanda Bean Company, info@rwandabean.com. 207-651-0150
https://capewhoopies.com and https://rwandabean.com/pages/about-us.

Cape Whoopies Whoopie Pie Shop Construction Update

April 24, 2018 2 comments Leave a comment

new cape whoopies whoopie pie shop sign being painted

If you live in greater Portland and love the Maine food scene, you already know about our new digs coming to 185 Cottage Rd in South Portland (right by Red's and Otto's Pizza!).  Not only will this new location house the Cape Whoopies headquarters and whoopie pie bakery, but it will also be a flagship coffee shop, store, roastery, and cold-brew facility for our friends, White Cap Coffee and Rwanda Bean.

You'll always be able to ship our gourmet whoopie pies straight to your door no matter where you live, but very soon, local Mainers can come sip on some coffee and indulge in our treats at the same address that they're made!  Check out these pics of our new building getting a much needed face-lift!  We are SO excited!!!

whoopie pie bakery and coffee shop storefront being painted

whoopie pie shop and coffee shop being painted

painters painting cape whoopies bakery sign

Our MAJOR Whoopie Pie News!

February 01, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

We tried to keep it a secret for as long as humanly possible, but we are bursting at the seams with excitement to share our big news with whoopie pie lovers everywhere! 

So here it is...

We are joining forces with two other local Maine businesses to open the first ever coffee bar and whoopie pie shop all rolled up in one!  That's right, we've outgrown our beloved shared kitchen space at Fork Food Lab in Portland, Maine, and will be moving into our new diggs sometime early this year.

Our fantastic friends bringing the best ever coffee and coffee beans to the table are none other than White Cap Coffee and Rwanda Bean: two local businesses who care deeply about making a great cup of coffee through a production chain that gives back to its farmers and their communities.  Not only do these guys have huge heart, but trust us, they make one smooth, tasty cup of joe!

Our super cool coffee and whoopie pie cafe collaboration is already under construction at 185 Cottage Road in South Portland, Maine, which locals may recognize as the old Cherished Possessions building - right by the iconic Red's Dairy Freeze and unforgettably delicious Otto Pizza.  The space boasts a total of 5,300 square feet, which will encompass a whoopie pie bakery and coffee bean roasting with a retail shop in the front.

We'll keep you posted with updates about our new space and when to expect the grand opening here on our blog and on social media, but you can also sign up for our newsletter at bit.ly/capewhoopies to ensure an invite!

empty building of future whoopie pie shop

future whoopie pie store location

"Out On Ice" Event and ANGEL KISS Whoopie Pies Are a Hit!

January 21, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Last night's Out On Ice event held at The Rink at Thompson's Point in Portland, Maine was a huge success!  This very special annual event supports 

GLSEN-Southern Maine and EqualityMaine's programs creating safer schools for LGBT youth in Southern Maine.  The whoopettes were in attendance, serving up Maine's best whoopie pies from the Yurt Cafe, right alongside local business buddies, White Cap Coffee and the Rwanda Bean Company.  Ice skaters and spectators enjoyed our custom flavor whoopie pies made specially for the event - ANGEL KISS, featuring vanilla cakes with Frangelico cream filling - along with best-sellers BROMANCE and the classic MAINE-IACS.  Check out our pics from this amazing community event!

yurt cafe sign

whoopette in yurt cafe selling whoopie pies

coffee and whoopie pie

three people and a whoopie pie

three people sharing a whoopie pie

whoopie pie at check out

Special Whoopie Pie Flavor Featured Tomorrow at "Out on Ice" Event in Portland, Maine

January 19, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

If you're near Portland, Maine this Saturday, January 20th, and have a hankering for a whoopie pie, come check the third annual "Out On Ice" event at The Rink at Thompson's Point!  The event supports GLSEN-Southern Maine and EqualityMaine's programs creating safer schools for LGBT youth in Southern Maine.  In addition to ice skating, music, DJs and dancing, the event will feature drag performances, food trucks, a fire pit, warming hut with a cash bar (for ages 21+), and gourmet whoopie pies by Cape Whoopies!  We pride ourselves on making custom gifts for our most special friends in the local community, so you'll be able to try ANGEL KISS (vanilla cakes with Frangelico cream), made just for this very special occasion.  You'll also find two of our best-selling flavors: MAINE-IAC (the classic, chocolate cakes with vanilla filling) and BROMANCE (chocolate chip cakes with vanilla filling).

The event will be hosted by Blake and Eva from the Morning Show on Coast 93.1, and will hold 2 sessions.  Session 1 will be held from 5:30-7:30pm (GSTA students, youth, families) and Session 2 will be from 8-10pm (community members); but both sessions are open to anyone who would like to attend and all ages are welcome.  DJ Foxy and DJ Disco Dungeon will be spinning the tunes.

You might be a terrible ice skater, and if so, that's no problem!  Just come hang out, support a good cause, and grab a whoopie pie - or 2, or 3... 

ANGEL KISS Whoopie Pies by Cape Whoopies

 

 

Wintery, Wondery, Whoopie Pie Six Pack!

January 07, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

whoopie pie six pack

As a big THANK YOU to all our customers for making 2017 so amazing, we've launched a SPECIAL EDITION Whoopie Pie Six Pack, featuring two of our most favorite, wintery flavors. This adorable, half dozen box includes: 

  • 3 GRANNY'S GONE WILD Whoopie Pies - Granny Smith Apple Spiced Cakes with Caramel Cream Filling
  • 3 DRUNKEN PUNKIN' Whoopie Pies - Pumpkin Cakes with Amaretto Cream Filling
You asked, and we listened!  We hope you love our six packs just as much as our dozen boxes.  We've even given our new arrival a special, limited time price, so it's the perfect opportunity to gift your friends and family for a wonderful holiday, wish your favorite clients a Happy New Year, or treat yourself to a little something you'll enjoy with coffee by the fireplace!
Stay tuned for LOTS of exciting whoopie pie news this year (make sure to subscribe to our newsletter, here)!  We have some big announcements coming, and can't wait to share them with you.  We wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR, and many blessings in 2018!

grannys gone wild whoopie pie with apple slices and fireplace
whoopie pies stacked and one close up whoopie pie

Season's Greetings from Cape Whoopies!

December 22, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

 

From our family, to yours...
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

On behalf of all the whoopettes (and whoopie dudes) at Cape Whoopies, we thank you for helping to make our 2017 so great.  We're grateful to share our Maine whoopie pies with you, your families, and your loved ones, and hope that your dessert table shines brightly this holiday, with only the sweetest of treats!

Join us for a Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Portland, Maine!

December 08, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

fork food lab holiday pop-up shop invitation

Hi MAINE-IACS!  If you're in or near Portland, Maine for the holidays, we'd love for you to join us for a very special holiday pop-up shop on December 17th at Fork Food Lab (72 Parris Street).  From 1 to 4pm, you can shop our products (along with those of other local vendors) while you sip and snack on some amazing culinary creations!  Bring the whole family, and get ready to cross of some names on this year's nice list with delicious goodies and gift baskets.  You can grab lunch or cocktails to refuel once your shopping is done.

No gift list is too long or too short for us to handle at Cape Whoopies, so come say "Hi" next Sunday and bring us your corporate orders, extended family address lists, or any other special requests for holiday gifting.  Let us make your holidays painless!  Our most heavily requested item this season is our Christmas Surprise! holiday whoopie pie assortment, and trust us.. this box of a dozen of the best whoopie pies from Maine is sure to put a smile on the face of any grinch. 

We hope to see you on the 17th!

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