Around the Block: signoffs and signups

Stationery shop Daintree Paper signs off but confectioners Cakes and Co may try a new recipe

Cakes and Co has operated out of Jane’s Cottage on Newtownpark Avenue in Blackrock for the past 20 years

Cakes and Co has operated out of Jane’s Cottage on Newtownpark Avenue in Blackrock for the past 20 years


Two boutique Dublin shops, both frequented by any festive event organiser worth their salt, have hit the market. Jane’s Cottage, a well-known property on Blackrock’s Newtownpark Avenue, home to Cakes and Co, a 20-year-old wedding cake and sugarcraft business, has just gone sale agreed through agents SherryFitzGerald.

The cupcake-sized bakery occupies a space of just 72sq m, but many milestone memories have been confected in it, including the wedding cake of Georgina Ahern, the daughter of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and Westlife’s Nicky Byrne. The property came on the market in recent weeks with an asking price of €285,000.

However it may not signal the end of the business, but the start of something new. This week the owners said: “We look forward to completing the sale of Jane’s Cottage, where we have traded successfully for more than a decade, and will announce shortly the next step in the development of Cakes and Co.”

Meanwhile, Paul Barnes, of Camden Street stationer Daintree Paper, is signing off, and placing his 18-year-old business and its goodwill on the market for €200,000. The price does not include a lease on the 770sq ft shop which Barnes says has a market value of €32,000 per annum. Daintree Paper will cease trading on January 31st.

Fans of the Cake Cafe, situated to the rear, will be pleased to know that it is staying put and will continue to serve its signature homemade beans on toast and lemon drizzle cake.

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