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D.C.’s cupcake craze crosses Anacostia River at Olivia’s Cupcakes

(Larry Crowe/AP)

Washington City Paper intern Odichi Ibe profiled the Fairlawn- based cupcakery and focused on proprietor Cindy Bullock’s decision to install a bulletproof glass barrier between the customers and the register.

“It broke my heart to do that, but it’s a deterrent,” Bullock told WCP.

But in Ward 8, an area of the city working to encourage both new business and new residents, loyal customers look beyond the glass.

“I go to all of the other cupcakes places, including a small one in Maryland,” customer Sandy Dickens said, “but they aren’t made as fresh and are overpriced.”

The bakery recently hosted a customer appreciation day, and blog Congress Heights on the Rise has tracked Olivia’s progress since it opened. For interested cupcake hounds, the place is in fact cheaper than its competitors: Cupcake varieties range from red velvet to strawberry shortcake and are priced at $2 per cake. (Georgetown Cupcake charges $2.75; Cakelove’s will run you $3.25.)

Have you tried Olivia’s? What do you think?

Read the full WCP report here.

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