Pointer enjoys sweet life as a small business owner

It is coming up on a decade considering that Lisa Corbin took dwelling a 2nd-area in close proximity to-win on Food stuff Network’s “Cake Wars,” but the owner of the Chocolate Bar Cafe in Grosse Pointe Woods is nowhere in the vicinity of ready to move out of the kitchen.
Hitting the sweet place with a profession she both enjoys and is proficient in, Corbin fell into the marketplace in a natural way, starting a house-centered baking and cake-decorating organization — Cakes by Lisa — although her 4 young children ended up younger.
As lifetime frequently does, one detail led to a further and after a summer time performing for the previous proprietor of the Chocolate Bar Cafe, Corbin went all in and ordered the business enterprise in December 2007.
“Right at the beginning of the recession,” she explained. “So we have survived the recession, a pandemic and power outages. There is been many matters.”

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Lisa Corbin is operator of the Chocolate Bar Cafe, an aged-fashioned soda fountain in Grosse Pointe Woods.

In its location at 20737 Mack since 1990, the cafe has lengthy provided a exceptional dose of nostalgia as an old-fashioned soda fountain, serving up specialty ice cream creations, chocolate, candy and cakes, all to the background noise of an operational jukebox.
Beneath Corbin’s management, the assortment of sweet treats grew to contain cupcakes, scones, biscotti, shortbread, chocolate caramel pretzels and other pastries.
“We’re always building new cupcake flavors,” she said. “We have a large amount of new ice product flavors to make sundaes and milkshakes that we (obtained at the end of 2022), so that is variety of enjoyment. We have Cookie Monster ice cream (and) which is my favored. It’s Blue Moon and Oreos and cookie dough. It is absurd.”
The shop’s iconic wall artwork featuring the phrase “chocolate” in a variety of distinctive languages was the brainchild of Corbin’s brother-in-regulation, artist John Corbin, though her husband, Kim, offers his authorized knowledge to the small business as an lawyer.

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Lisa Corbin, left, and Laura Amodeo, proper, arrived in next spot on “Cake Wars” with this Lady Scout themed log cabin cake.

But which is proper all over the place the family obtain-in stops. Corbin’s kids, the oldest of which is now 31, don’t rather share the same passion for flour and butter.
“My just one daughter does like to cook, but they’re not fascinated in this business enterprise at all,” she laughed.
Even so, Corbin’s talents in the kitchen lend on their own to cooking as effectively, in accordance to all those who know her.
Throughout last winter season and yet again this time, Corbin has manufactured and shipped a pair pots of soup each individual 7 days to a soup kitchen by the Open Doorway Ministry at Fort Road Presbyterian Church. The kitchen’s organizer identified as her philanthropy, “a godsend.”
“Her soups are just as good as her desserts,” Kim Corbin mentioned.
The Grosse Pointe Park resident’s Television debut on year 1, episode 8 of “Cake Wars” — celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Woman Scouts’ Gold Award by way of a Girl Scouts theme — aired Aug. 17, 2015, on which she played the function of assistant to good friend and fellow baker Laura Amodeo.
“We made a large log cabin and she created all this scenery all around it,” Corbin recalled. “It was pretty amazing. We should’ve won, but it was rather intensive.”

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Corbin’s roulette wheel cake was showcased on a billboard as part of an MGM Grand Detroit marketing marketing campaign.

Baking opposition displays remain all the rage for casual viewing, with practically also several titles at present on streaming-giant Netflix to depend, and often leave viewers wanting to know what genuinely takes spot behind the scenes on episodes that look to be filmed in a issue of several hours.
Corbin’s excursion out to Los Angeles for the solitary “Cake Wars” episode essentially was a four-working day affair, on the initial of which contestants had been sent out to typical retailers to store for the substances they would require.
Other unforeseen filming secrets, she claimed, she’s not authorized to expose.
With no latest designs to have a next once-in-a-life time practical experience as a contestant on a baking levels of competition, Corbin is basically enjoying everyday life proudly owning a one of a kind bakery and ice cream compact enterprise in the Pointes.
“I imagine people are always astonished when they wander in. They are like, ‘Wow, this is amazing!’” she said. “It’s just fun and nostalgic. It takes persons again in time.”