I thought I had a scoop when I saw one of DuPont's finest entering Dee'sLicious Gourmet Cheesecakes a couple of weeks ago. There's no donut shop in DuPont, so a cop's gotta cuff some sweet calories somewhere.
Cop bites cheesecake. Now, there's a story.
But the real news turns out to be that Dee Bentley has sold her sweet little shop. She's keeping her wholesale operation.
Why sell the retail shop? She said she's newly divorced and has a 3-year-old. Do the math.
New owners will take over June 1. They'll keep the name for a while and carry an exclusive range of Bentley's creations, many of which can be enjoyed at a number of South Sound restaurants and some grocery stores.
Bentley said the new owners -- whom she said asked not to be identified until they officially take over – will eventually re-name the business and offer other products along with Bentley's creations, which include terrific cheesecakes (love that banana bread cheesecake) and chocolate cake, plus cannoli filled with whipped cheesecake and frozen cheesecake-on-a-stick.
Bentley started Dee'sLicious out of her home garage two years ago. She thought she'd spend a couple of hours a day, a couple of days a week baking and selling cheesecakes. Right. She opened a retail shop in DuPont in March 2005. In January, she moved into a new space in DuPont.
Her current wholesale operation in DuPont is 900 square feet. She's preparing to move into a 3,500-square-foot facility in Lacey. She has six employees and 14 commercial accounts, including Joeseppi's, CI Shenanigans, Harbor Rock Bar & Grill, Red Wind Casino, Tacoma Boys in Puyallup and Thriftway in Renton.
Those last two places are where you can buy cheesecake-on-a-stick in vanilla, triple chocolate chunk, mocha, turtle and peanut butter flavors.
Here's a cheese-cake-on-a-stick scoop: They cost less in stores than at Dee'sLicious.