Georgetown Cupcake hits the small screen
Is it possible to make cupcakes from morning till night without losing your mind?
Cable channel TLC will answer that question with its new reality show, "Cupcake Sisters." The six-episode series, which launches in July, will follow the lives of Georgetown Cupcake founders Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne as they build and promote their booming cupcake business. Filming begins in Washington Friday and will continue throughout the spring.
Launched two years ago, the tiny jewel box shop was an instant hit. Lines formed around the block, and within months, the sisters were making as many as 5,000 cupcakes per
weekday. Georgetown Cupcake now has two locations, in Georgetown and Bethesda. It also ships cupcakes across the country.
"The idea is to show the dynamics of running a fast-paced bakery," said LaMontagne. "People see us in the shops, but they don't see all the things we do, all the things it takes to run a business."
The film crew will join the sisters at charity events where they build sculptures out of cupcakes and listen in as they make tough decisions about how – and how fast – to grow their business. "We spend every waking minute together," said Kallinis. "Our mom is heavily involved in the business, too. So it will be a glimpse into what it's like to run a family bakery."
While the sisters hope the show will be entertaining and inspiring, they don't anticipate the catfights or backstabbing that are de rigeur on reality TV.
"In our first month, Sophie threw some sprinkles at me. That was a stressful time. She hasn't done anything like that since then," said Kallinis.
"There are definitely disagreements, and we don't always see eye to eye," said LaMontagne. "But we're sisters. We make up. We get over it."
-- Jane Black
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