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Top Dog Winner - Bakery


Proprietors:  Lisa Watson & Peter Shanky

307 NW 10th Ave. Portland, OR

503-222-4404 ∙

Est. July 2007


Philosophy/Mission:  Cupcake Jones is a labor of love for Oregon natives Lisa Watson and Peter Shanky.  In the winter of 2002, on a weekend trip to Vancouver, B.C. Lisa and Peter saw the cutest little shop ever, called “Cupcakes.”  After a few visits, they knew this was something Portland needed.  Four and half years later, after a long search for the perfect location, lots of market research, months of work on a business plan, and lots of sleepless nights, they opened Cupcake Jones July 11, 2007.  The fulfillment of Lisa’s lifelong dream of owning her own business, Cupcake Jones is the namesake of her father, Robert Jones Watson.  It is also a play on the popular slang term “jonesin” or “having a jones,” meaning something you really CRAVE!  Lisa and Peter are working hard with their team of talented, creative bakers and the most fun & upbeat counter staff imaginable, to bring you the finest in service and quality found anywhere.

Community Involvement, Special Notes:  Lisa and Peter are committed to giving back to their community through weekly donations to Blanchet House, a local agency providing housing, meals, jobs and aid to the homeless and others in need.Other beneficiaries have included numerous local schools, Camp Fire USA, Boys and Girls Club, animal shelters, and The Red Dress Party, which supports various agencies for the GLBT community, among others.Cupcake Jones is also committed to the environment.  We recycle everything possible in our business.  Even the paper towels used to dry hands all day get recycled.  We use only non-aerosol cleaners, most of which are biodegradable.Being “locally grown” themselves, Lisa and Peter are committed to buying local whenever possible.  Local flowers, fruit, and ingredients are the cornerstone of our products.