On The Menu
• Chicken salad sandwich — On wheat bread or croissant, with chips, cookie or mini cupcake and drink, $6.50
• Hummus — Vegan hummus with carrots, celery and pita chips, $5
• Regular cupcakes — $2.50 each
• Mini cupcakes — $1 each
• Open since: Nov. 30
• Owner: Tamiko Bell
• Location: Cakes by Miko’s is located off of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road behind PNC Bank, sharing the same shopping complex at Office Depot and Jackson Hewitt.
• Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
• Atmosphere: The inside looks like a blast from the past — in a good way.
It has a retro diner feel with bubbly chairs and bright purples, blues, lime greens, pinks, oranges and yellows.
The walls are green and white with murals created by owner Tamiko Bell’s brother, who drove up from Florida for the task.
There are tables and booths for those who would like to nibble on site.
The lights hanging are whimsical, made from frosted glass. The one hanging over the tables are upside-down cups and saucers to illuminate the room.
At the back of the bakery is a glass display case showing off all of the cupcakes that are on sale for the day. The flavors change often.
• Menu: Cakes by Miko’s is a bakery, that also sells a few light plates.
“I used to be a cardiovascular nurse,” Bell said. “This is just something I was doing as a hobby.”
After making the cake for a cousin’s wedding, she started getting calls about baking for other events. She did that for awhile, but once she had her second child, she decided to open her own shop.
“There was too much traffic going in and out of the house, so I started looking,” Bell said.
That’s when she fell in love with the shop in Suwanee. Now the wife and mother of two getting dirty on a daily basis to create sweet treats for all occasions.
One of the most popular cupcakes is the red velvet.
“I can’t keep that on the shelves,” Bell said with a laugh.
Some of the other flavors include strawberry shortcake, peaches and cream, vanilla Biscoff and Oreo cookie dough explosion.
There are seasonal flavors, like pumpkin cheesecake and eggnog cupcakes.
“Everyday I come up with new flavors,” Bell said. “I’m working on a chicken and waffles cupcake, too.”
Bell came from a family of vegans. She was the black sheep, who wanted to eat things with eggs and milk — and meat. So she serves small, light plates like turkey wraps, salmon salads and chicken salad sandwiches, plus a daily soup and salads.
On the weekend, Bell makes Caribbean food, like fish and chicken in traditional spices with a side of rice and beans.
But this baker is known around the States for something else.
“The bulk of my business is custom cakes,” Bell said. “I do a lot of events.”
She has baked cakes for Yandy Smith of “Love & Hip Hop: New York” and Rick Ross’ album release party — to drop a few names.
Although she’s based in Georgia, Bell will ship cakes around, if she thinks the cake can handle the trip.
• Things you might not know: Bell is hosting a grand opening celebration Dec. 21.