Bakery closure leaves brides cake-less

Gwinnett brides cakeless after wedding bakery closes

More than a dozen brides-to-be are facing cakeless weddings after a Gwinnett County bakery allegedly took their orders and then closed its doors, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“I was stunned. My mouth dropped,” Michelly Gonzales said when she learned Celso’s Cakes in Norcross apparently has gone out of business. “I called my fiance and said, ‘You’re not going to believe this. This guy closed [his] operation.’”

Gonzales told Channel 2 that she had prepaid the bakery owner, Celso Rodriguez, $450 for the cake for her wedding, which is to take place in February.

“It means so much for the bride. The cake, along with the wedding, makes the whole shebang,” Gonzales said. She said she paid in advance because, “I didn’t want the burden, last minute. I just wanted to get everything over with so I can show up, get married and call it a day.”

Now, Gonzales fears she may now be out her deposit.

“We’re on a budget. We exceeded our budget as it is. It’s going to be tough,” she said.

Gonzalez said she started checking blogs and learned at least 15 other future brides are cakeless.

At least one customer has filed a civil suit against Rodriguez in Gwinnett County, Channel 2 reported.

When Channel 2 went to the bakery, it found the store locked, dark and empty. The store’s telephone voice mail box was full. And a person at an address believed to be Rodriguez’ home in Lawrenceville told the TV station he did not live there.

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