SWEET NEWS: New specialty bakery gearing up to open across from Victoria Theatre

Kia Cake & Company will specialize in gourmet cupcakes and desserts in downtown Dayton

A locally owned bakery that specializes in gourmet cupcakes and desserts is gearing up to open in the shadow of the Victoria Theatre, and its owner can’t wait to transform her home business to a bricks-and-mortar presence in downtown Dayton.

Kia Johnson of Dayton confirmed to this news outlet that she has leased space at 15 E. First St. on the ground floor of the Biltmore Towers and is shooting for a late spring or early summer opening of her new business. Kia Cake & Company will be a dessert cafe, with a focus on cupcakes and other sweet treats, Johnson said.

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Johnson, who lives in the Dayton View area, currently has a home-bakery business from which she creates cakes, cupcakes and other specialty desserts for all occasions.

“I’m grateful to be able to grow in a city that help build what Kia Cake & Co has become today,” Johnson said.

Baking is not only her passion — it helped save her life, Johnson said.

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After launching a career as a teacher and then becoming a stay-at-home mom after her third child was born, Johnson suffered what she called “a freak accident” eight years ago while celebrating her oldest daughter’s 7th birthday at a skating rink. She broke her leg in four places, underwent surgery and could not walk for nearly a  year.

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“That day completely changed my life,” Johnson said. “After I learned how to walk again, I made a promise to use all the gifts and talents God had given to me and to pursue my dream to become a baker.”

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Johnson also derives inspiration from a younger sister who died four months ago.

“She affectionately called me ‘Cupcake,’” Johnson said. “I want to honor her and continue to make her proud, and I want to create a legacy for my children as well as hers.”

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The 763-square-foot space near Main and First streets will suit her needs perfectly, the bakery founder said.

“I love being in the heart of the Gem City,” Johnson said.

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Credit: Mark Fisher

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