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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Frederick cupcake plans abandoned

By Elizabeth Flock
A selection from Georgetown Cupcake. (By James M. Thresher For The Washington Post)

You'd think with the plethora of cupcake shops around the neighborhood -- from the infamous Georgetown Cupcake to the mobile Curbside Cupcakes -- that it's as easy to set up a cupcake shop as it is a lemonade stand.

But a couple who has been trying to open Sweet Angela's Cupcakery in Frederick says it isn't so. The Frederick News-Post reports that Charles and Angela Packan have found Frederick County health regulations too onerous to open shop. Charles Packan says the equipment required, including a three-compartment sink, a mop sink and a grease trap, would cost at least $10,000 on top of what they had already invested.

George Keller of the Frederick County Health Department told NBC Washington that the agency is working with the couple “to see if operational changes could eliminate the need for some of the requirements." But the Packans say they have not heard from the county, and have already broken their lease.

While it looks like Sweet Angela’s Cupcakery is not to be, future cupcake shops may be in luck: Maryland legislator Michael Hough says he plans to introduce a bill that would give regulators more flexibility when dealing with small businesses.

Will Marylanders be cheering this news? Depends on whether you're in the cupcake lovers or haters camp. And trust us, there's no gray area here. Which one are you in?

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 18, 2011; 12:25 PM ET
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Good. All Frederick needs is a place for the overweight to become even more overweight.

Posted by: b7810 | January 18, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

These are pretty standard requirements for any food service establishment.

Posted by: amcebbers | January 18, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

How could anyone opening a food business not know you need a 3 compartment sink, it serves these people right for not knowing one of the most basic requirements of food industry health standards!!!

Posted by: Stacyk | January 18, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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