Cupcake Alley, New Coffee & Cake Spot Opens in Stirling

A new coffee shop and artisanal bakery specialising in delicious cupcakes and other tasty treats has opened its doors in Stirling. Cupcake Alley is a family business based at Allan Park and run by former headteacher Alison McCalley.

The shop – which caters for sit-in customers and offers takeaway – serves a range of sandwiches, toasties, cakes, traybakes, cupcakes, cookies and barista coffee. It opened on April 13 this year following a move from former premises at The Collective in Bo’ness to a larger shop in the heart of Stirling.

Alison originally opened Cupcake Alley last year after taking early retirement from the teaching profession and deciding to use her passion and skill for home baking in a new role.

She says: “I had taken early retirement from my job as a primary school headteacher but decided I wanted to do something else. I enjoyed baking so I started making more and selling cupcakes online and at markets.

We then went into The Collective at Bo’ness, which is a collection of six businesses, and did pop-up shops before opening as a small shop there where people could come for cakes and coffee.

I did the baking at home and my son Lewis worked in the shop – it was all going well and we built up a lovely customer base, but I realised that I missed interacting with people. So, we decided to look for somewhere bigger where I could bake on premises and see people as well as growing the business.”

traybakes in Cupcake alley in Stirling

Alison, who lives in Falkirk, began looking for the perfect premises and was pleased to find an empty shop in Allan Park. 

It had previously been used by Erol’s Tailors – which moved next door to a bigger shop when Hamilton’s Cheesecakes relocated – and Alison and her builder husband Alex were able to transform it into a friendly bakery with seats for 5-6 customers.

She says: “I have friends in Stirling and have worked here in the past, so I know the area well and was delighted when the place in Allan Park came up. The shop had been empty for a while and was a shell so we put in kitchen units, new flooring, a seating area, re-painted it and created a warm, welcoming space.

“We opened on April 13 and have been getting good interaction and feedback so far. We’re gradually building up custom and have had people we know come through to see us from Bo’ness and some of the nearby local business owners have been coming in for their lunch.

“We’ve got regular customers who visit us plus tourists and local residents have been popping in so we’re really happy with the reception and the welcome we’ve had so far.”

Alison – whose name inspired the choice of Cupcake Alley as a business title – works in the shop alongside her son Lewis and friend Jacqueline Hunter.

They sell a range of home baking, which is all made on the premises, including brownies, pastries, carrot cake and millionaire shortbread plus a variety of cupcakes, bacon rolls, drinks, freshly made sandwiches, scones and toasties.

They also create custom-made cakes and cupcakes to order for birthdays, hen parties, baby showers, anniversaries and other occasions.

Cupcake Alley, based at 37 Allan Park, is open six days a week from 9am until 4pm Tuesday to Sunday and from 10am until 3pm on Sundays. 

It has already received several first-class Facebook reviews including this one from happy customer Sian Balfour: Popped into Cupcake Alley today in their new premises in Stirling – a lovely coffee, and delicious range of home baking – the Empire Biscuits are to die for – one was definitely not enough and so had to come home with some too! Wishing Alison all the best in her new venture, I’ll certainly be a regular visitor!

Another testimonial from Gillian Douglas Montgomery reads: “Enjoyed a lovely lunch. Staff are super friendly; food and cakes are delicious – look forward to my next visit.”

Cupcake Alley has a Facebook page – www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100084149603221 – and is also on Instagram – www.instagram.com/cupcakealley1/

You can also call the team on 07816 399803, email via cupcakealley@yahoo.com or send a direct message on social media.

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