Corina Bakery doesn't look like this anymore.
Corina Bakery closed for remodeling June 16. It re-opened today.
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The former 650-square-foot bakery is now a 1,300-square-foot bakery. The biggest changes: seating -- four retro chrome tables and 16 chairs, plus a chocolate sofa and two vanilla chairs in a draped-off lounge-like seating area.
To accomodate the expansion (including a spiffy new handicapped-accessible toilet), Cornia's kitchen moved up stairs. I spotted Corina's KitchenAid and Hobart mixers through the second-story window. Co-owner Walter Gaya said you can see his wife, Jessica, and baker Casey Coen doing their thing late at night.
Now that there's more space to sit and eat, red velvet and orange dreamcicle cakes will be twice as good.
Meanwhile, around the corner at the former Kickstand Cafe, One Heart Cafe coffeehouse prepares to open its second location. Bright red Adirondack chairs are lined up out front, awaiting the "coming soon" opening.
Corina Bakery: 510 6th Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-5070.