Latricia Vicks said she knows it’s inevitable that people are going to enter her store in downtown Milford and call her Patty, but she doesn’t mind.
After all, she’s the one who named her new business Patty Cakes, although it was because she always loved playing the children’s game as a little kid.

Latricia Vicks said she knows it’s inevitable that people are going to enter her store in downtown Milford and call her Patty, but she doesn’t mind.
After all, she’s the one who named her new business Patty Cakes, although it was because she always loved playing the children’s game as a little kid.
Vicks said she is just happy she was finally able to open her custom cake shop at 22 S. Walnut St. on Friday after a nearly one-month delay.
The bakery is the latest Project Pop-Up business to open in Milford. Project Pop-Up is a joint effort between the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) and Downtown Delaware that provides selected applicants with three months of rent-free commercial space along with the assistance of a business advisor to help launch and grow the business.
“This grand opening has been in the making since we turned in our application to Project Pop-Up, so it’s been several months,” Vicks said. “We’ve been going through our inspections and approvals and we made it to finally open, so we’re super excited. We’ve got a lot of great feedback from the community and a lot of anticipation has built up, so we’re just looking forward to everything.”
Patty Cakes initially was slated to open in November but hit a snag when the state required her to add a second bathroom in order to have tables inside.
“DEDO and the City of Milford worked with the state to give them a chance to open up without those dining services at first and with the one bathroom,” Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe said. “As they continue to grow, they would go back to the state to make sure they were in the proper code enforcement at that time.”
Vicks said she didn’t get frustrated by delay.
“When you have so many different agencies that have to be dealt with on the local, city and state level, it’s a process,” she said. “They want to make sure that everything is in order and in place.”
Plus, she added, it was a chance for her to see how much the people of Milford wanted her business to succeed downtown.
“It’s just been a laundry list of people who have helped get us to this point and we’re just grateful,” she said.
Now that it’s finally open, Vicks said her bakery promises to help fill the sweet tooth of Milford residents.
“We do custom cakes and that is the majority of what we do – a lot of custom wedding cakes, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events, retirements, showers and things like that,” she said. “Now what we’re adding to it with this space is the retail side of it, so now we’ll be offering cupcakes and brownies and cookies, and things like that.”
Diane Laird, the state coordinator of Downtown Delaware, said Vicks’ new business and its line of treats should do well in Milford.
“Latricia’s product is so unique that people will travel for it,” Laird said. “It is these kinds of destination businesses that enlarge the customer base of our small towns. They bring in people for the broader region which, in turn, increases foot traffic and helps all the businesses downtown.”
Vicks had a space to sell her treats in the Duncan Center off Loockerman Street in downtown Dover. But, the Dover resident said, nothing can top having her own store where she can bake on-site.
“That was just a consultation space there in Dover, but here we’re baking and everything else on premise, so it’s awesome,” Vicks said.
An added bonus is that Patty Cakes seems to fit in nicely with downtown Milford’s art-themed businesses.
“It’s a very artsy community so we think we fit in with that art label,” she said. “We consider our product somewhat artsy – and tasty as well.”