Name: Lauren Galena
Business: Two Little Birds Bakery
What she said then: In 2009, The Tribune featured Two Little Birds Bakery, near the Paso Robles City Park. Owner Lauren Galena offers everything from scones and brownies to quiche and wedding cakes. “We bake continuously all day long so we always have fresh things coming out of the oven,” she said. Her motto: “Home-style baked goods like Mom used to make.”
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Two Little Birds opened in August 2008. A Cal Poly graduate, Galena worked at the Avila Valley Barn from high school until a few years after college.
In addition to offering daily baked goods, coffee and Wi-Fi, the bakery specializes in custom orders. For the wedding market, it began hosting monthly “Bridal Teas,” where shopping brides could taste various cake options.
What she says now: Though wedding cakes were new to Galena when she opened the bakery, it’s the “main business” now.
In September, a Two Little Birds’ cake and dessert bar were in the Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2011 issue. The article, “One Fine Day,” featured a ceremony at Willow Creek Farm in Paso Robles.
Other local professionals included were San Luis Obispo-based Laurel White of Adornments Flowers & Finery and Got You Cover’d rentals, as well as Trumpet Vine Catering in Paso Robles.
“It gives you some credibility in the bride’s mind,” Galena said. Her threetiered, bird-bedecked, country-style cake was prominently pictured. “It’s just now starting to come back to me. Customers bring in the picture of the cake.”
The bakery also was one of six on the Central Coast named 2011 “Best of Weddings” by The Knot, a bridal planning website.
It also won a 2012 Brides Choice Award on planning site Wedding Wire. Other local winners include Cake Cathedral in San Luis Obispo and Christine’s Cake Creations in Paso Robles.
This year, Galena has brides booking earlier than usual. To support growing demand, she hopes to bring her current intern on full-time in the summer.
“I already have 20 to 30 weddings booked for this summer,” she said. “It’s a prime spot to get married.”
In recent years, she’s av- eraged seven to 13 wedding cakes per weekend. Many of those brides came from the Central Valley or the Bay Area.
“Most of the weddings at this point are destination weddings,” Galena said. “The local people are staying here, but there aren’t that many of us.”
Two Little Birds, located on 13th Street, is also teaming up with wineries such as Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita. Last weekend, the tasting room offered a trio of cupcakes paired with three wines. Have an idea for a followup? Each week, The Tribune checks in with a business it has reported on before. Send suggestions to: followupfile@thetribune news.com.