Yesterday’s morning post discussed a neighbor’s ostentatious show of loyalty for Baked and Wired steps away from Georgetown Cupcake’s notorious line of customers. It’s a heated issue around town, and it seems to GM that most Georgetowners come down pretty clearly on one side or the other.
On the Georgetown Cupcake side, you’ve got a couple pretty strong points:
- The cupcakes are nearly as nice to look at as they are to eat
- The flavor variety is pretty incredible
- They’re aspirational
On the negative side of the balance sheet for Georgetown Cupcake:
- The lines, obviously
- While waiting in said lines, you’re surrounded by tourists, which has only gotten worse since the reality show
- The cupcakes are not that big
- There’s nothing else on the menu
For Baked and Wired, there’s a different set of positives:
- Tons of frosting
- A still strong variety of flavors
- It’s not really a “cupcakery”, it’s a coffee house that serves a lot of stuff, including great cupcakes
- No lines
The negatives for Baked and Wired are limited, in GM’s opinion:
- Some people find the frosting too sweet
- GM guesses some people get excited by the idea of being on a reality TV set, you won’t get that at Baked & Wired
More to the point, GM thinks that Baked & Wired has gained a reputation around town as the “true Georgetowner’s” choice: sort of a rebellion against the over-exposure of the attention-seeking Georgetown Cupcake. That appeal may explain why a neighbor–probably tired of seeing sweating tourists and suburbanites stand in line in front of his or her house–would decide to stage a tongue-in-cheek protest.
On one level it’s pointless to compare the stores. They’re simply too different and but for the common thread of serving great cupcakes, they wouldn’t get mentioned together. But on another level, each represents a different vision of Georgetown: one the preppy and prim Georgetown of national reputation that draws tens of thousands of visitors here every year; the other the homey and funky Georgetown that makes living here worthwhile and that still exists in pockets despite the chain invasion.
But maybe GM’s trying too hard to find meaning in layers of cream cheese frosting (bear in mind that August in a slow news month). Where do your loyalties lie?