A sweet new business in Muskego
Mother-daughter team opens Slice bakery

By Patricia Colby Nakamura - Special to The Freeman

Dec. 30, 2014

A new bakery, Slice, opened recently in Muskego. A ribbon cutting was held Dec. 17.  
Patricia Colby Nakamura/Special to The Freeman

MUSKEGO - Sweets for the sweet - and the rest of us - have appeared in delicious profusion in a former bank building on Janesville Road.

Cafˇ tables and chairs filled with delighted samplers for the official ribbon-cutting of Muskego’s new bakery and coffee shop, Slice, on Dec. 17.

Slice is the dreamchild of Margie Van Blaricom and her “retired” mother, Gloria Bart. After a few years in Waterford, they decided to move to Muskego.

“It’s a booming area,” Van Blaricom said.

The name was contributed by her sister Elizabeth, “the creative, Martha Stewart-y one,” she said.

Van Blaricom has years of retail experience. Bart worked for decades at AT&T, and for fun sews and enters craft shows.  One year after retiring, she’s the assistant manager of a new enterprise.

The cafˇ’s color scheme is vanilla and chocolate, although Van Blaricom would like to do something with a large white wall. The managers, head baker Sam Kristiansen and head decorator Taylor Vyvyan, wear bright pink jackets.

Slice offers at least 30 varieties of cookies, many of which were decorated for Christmas: snowflakes, sugar, pfeffernusse, gingerbread, Santas, candy canes. Cupcakes come in three sizes, regular, jumbo, and mini, and a couple dozen flavors including marble, lemon, rainbow, and red velvet.

Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti talks with Slice's Margie VanBlaricom. 
Patricia Colby Nakamura/Special to The Freeman

Icings run from traditional buttercreams to peanut butter and champagne. 

In the window a wedding cake appears draped in a bridal gown. Next to that is a stack of white- and turquoise-wrapped packages. The website, www.SliceCustomCakeswi.com, shows a pirate ship, a treasure chest complete with jewels, a penguin, and snowman.

Everything is baked on-site. Leftovers are packaged for homeless veterans.

The coffee served supports another small business, Van Blaricom said: the Chicago Coffee Company in Illinois.

Customers can enjoy a slice and cup of coffee while watching the activity or the weather outside.  Additional tables are planned, including some outdoors in fine weather.

Slice is closed Sundays and Mondays; weekday hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours, like the white wall, are somewhat in the planning stage.

The store will be closed through New Year’s Day.