Owner Jackie Edmiston puts the final touches on some cupcakes at Cupcakes Unlimited, 3518 N.E. Vivion Road Jill Toyoshiba |

New Northland shops offer cake batter shakes, cupcake sundaes and kiwi boba

Cupcakes Unlimited, 3518 NE Vivion Road, is the first tenant to open in the redeveloped Country Club Shops in the Northland. Jill Toyoshiba | jtoyoshiba@kcsstar.com
At Cupcakes Unlimited in the Northland. Joyce Smith | jsmith@kcstar.com
At Cupcakes Unlimited in the Northland. Joyce Smith |
Sheridan’s Frozen Custard has reopened in the Northland. Joyce Smith | jsmith@kcstar.com
Crazy 8 in Zona Rosa is closing in Zona Rosa as part of a nation bankruptcy. Joyce Smith | jsmith@kcstar.com
Boba Puca serves a variety of drinks in Zona Rosa. Joyce Smith | jsmith@kcstar.com

After taking a cake decorating class with a friend, Jackie Edmiston was ready to whip up her own wedding cake.

But she didn’t stop there. Soon she was making cakes for friends and then cupcakes so each one could have their favorite flavor. Then she got more creative with flavors. She had so many requests that she opened Cake Junkie in Hamilton, Mo., selling cakes and cupcakes for a short stint before relocating to Kansas City.

She was a stay-at-home mom to Alex Jet, but now that he’s 4 years old she’s back in business.

Her Cupcakes Unlimited, at 3518 N.E. Vivion Road, is the first tenant to open in the redeveloped Country Club Shops.

Just a month after opening, such flavors as Wedding Cake, Chocolate Explosion, lemon cream cheese and chocolate chip cookie dough are the front-runners. Other choices include Nutella, cookies-n-cream, birthday cake, red velvet, carrot cake, cotton candy, salty chocolate caramel and strawberry cheesecake — $3 a piece, $33 a dozen.

The shop also sells shakes (cake batter also is a customer favorite) for $4. Edmiston’s husband, James, came up with the idea for the cupcake sundaes - a waffle bowl filled with ice cream and whipped cream, a cupcake in the middle.

Chuck Cuda and JoMarie Guastello are developing the 27,000-square-foot center. Vivion Liquor Superstore will open soon in a 6,552-square-foot space on the east end.

▪ Zona Rosa’s new Boba Puca offers a variety of drinks — flavored teas, milk tea, coconut smoothies, coffee milk tea, kiwi boba, Vietnamese coffee, slushies and more. It remodeled the former Q Hot Pot Japanese Fondue & Asian Tapas Bar at 8610 N.W. Prairie View Road.

Boba Puca plans to have a grand opening in mid-to-late September and will soon offer sandwiches. The owners also have a Houston location under the spelling Boba Pucca and they plan three more area locations under Boba Puca spelling.

Other Northland updates

▪ Bun Mee Phan opened in a 500-square-foot spot in a Northland strip center in early 2016. But it has become such a popular stop, it rapidly outgrew its space. Now it has signed a lease for the long dark Moxie Bar & Grill building, just to the south at 4011 N. Oak Trafficway. The landlord is remodeling the building and plans to turn it over to Bun Mee Phan in September. Then Bun Mee Phan will spend several months remodeling the interior and relocate there in spring 2018.

It will continue to operate at 4244 North Oak Trafficway until it moves to the new building.

▪ Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids plans an Aug. 19 opening in The Village of Shoal Creek, 8261 N. Booth Ave., at Missouri 152.

▪ Sheridan’s Frozen Custard has reopened at 6248 N.W. Barry Road.

▪ Texas Roadhouse has started construction on its Edgewood Farms restaurant. It plans a Nov. 6 opening.

▪ Zona Rosa’s Crazy 8, 7202 N.W. 86th Terrace, and Gymboree, at 8755 N.W. Prairie View Road, are having closing sales. Their parent company, Gymboree, is closing 350 stores as part of its bankruptcy filing.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

New Northland shops offer cake batter shakes, cupcake sundaes and kiwi boba