The co-founders of Georgetown Cupcake, who are also best-selling authors of The Cupcake Diaries and Sweet Celebrations, as well as stars of the hit series DC Cupcakes on The Learning Channel (TLC), started their own sweet business inside a tiny, white-framed house on Potomac street in Georgetown in February 2008.
During the following year, the two sisters of Greek origin who grew up in Toronto, Canada, after they were amazed by the gourmet cupcake craze they managed to provoke, decided to move their shop to a new location at the corner of 33rd and M Street NW in Georgetown.
Since then, Kallinis sisters’ ambitious plan expanded enough to include several other locations, such as Bethesda in Maryland, Soho in New York, Newbury Street in Boston, Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles and Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta, while their cupcakes are shipped nationwide.
Stars and celebrities, such as writer, businesswoman, and television personality Martha Stewart, actor, film producer and musician Russell Crowe and singer, songwriter and record producer Stevie Wonder, can’t get enough of the Cupcake Empire’s eighteen different delicious flavors.
“Our grandmother was a huge influence on our lives growing up,” Katherine Kallinis shares referring to her Greek grandmother that taught the sisters how to make miniature cakes, such as cupcakes, using leftover cake batter, when they were kids, adding: “Every time we’re in one of our shops, we think of her, because she really is the reason why we started.”