Carnie Wilson's 'Love Bites' picks Sherwood for bakery, not Lake Oswego
Love Bites by Carnie, which announced in February that its plans to open a bakery in Lake Oswego had fallen through, told Facebook followers Monday that it will settle in Sherwood instead.
"Love Bites by Carnie is coming to the Portland metro area! We'll be opening a production bakery, corporate headquarters and flagship cafe in Sherwood, Oregon, later this year and can't wait to introduce our bite-sized sweets and other treats," the Facebook post says.
The company's website heralds a Summer 2017 opening, with preorders available June 1. According to Sherwood planning officials, the company is planning to locate in Building 4 in the Sherwood Industrial Park on Century Drive, occupying a 14,000-square-foot space.
"We are excited to welcome the new business, Love Bites, to the city of Sherwood," said Mayor Krisanna Clark. "Created by Carnie Wilson and Tiffany Miller, Love Bites will be a wonderful addition to our growing Sherwood business community."
A spokesperson for the company said plans are for an August opening, making it the only Love Bites by Carnie in the country. The Sherwood operation will include a headquarters office, production facility, retail space and a cafe.
According to a news release, the specialty dessert company will use local, organic and high-quality ingredients in its menu of treats.
"Chef Carrie Ellen, former pastry chef for the Toro Bravo Group and the Nines hotel, has been tapped as Love Bites' culinary director and will serve as Wilson's "right hand" in the kitchen. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks," the release stated.
More details of the operation are expected over the next several weeks, according to a company spokeswoman.
Love Bites is a bite-size cheesecake business created by Carnie Wilson, the daughter of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and a musical star in her own right with her band, Wilson Phillips. At a council meeting last December, Wilson and business partner Tiffany Miller outlined their plans for the bakery and offered peppermint cheesecake samples to admiring councilors.
Wilson and Miller, a Lake Oswego resident, had originally planned to open the company's headquarters in a building at the corner of Pilkington and Boones Ferry roads in the city's Southwest Employment Area. The envisioned facility would have produced 30,000-50,000 bite-size cheesecakes a month and included a small retail area in the front.
But Love Bites' application revealed an oversight in Lake Oswego's commercial code: The Southwest Employment Area prohibited small retail establishments, including bakeries. That prohibition extended to industrial-scale bakeries like Love Bites, even though other types of industrial-scale food production were allowed in the district.
Because the prohibition was unintentional, the Lake Oswego City Council was receptive when Wilson and Miller asked officials to change the code to allow Love Bites to open, and staff set to work drafting a code update. So it came as a surprise when the company's lawyer told the city that they were no longer moving forward at the planned location.
Miller told The Lake Oswego Review at the time that the original site didn't work out, but she offered no further details.
"We couldn't come to an agreement, so we moved to a different space," she said. "We're not ready to announce where that is yet."
That apparently changed on Monday.
"Stay tuned for more details," the company's Facebook post says. "Join our VIP emailing list at http://www.lovebitesbycarnie.com ."
— The Review