A unique partnership has brought its colorful confections to Williston Park.
Rosie Bikales, Francine Azzariti and Laura Andreacchi have been operating as Cupcake Contessas for a couple years, catering parties and providing desserts to Huntington Village's Restaurant Joanina, owned by Bikales’ nephew. They opened the doors to their “cupcakery” in Williston Park last Nov. 9.
The trio got together after their lives crossed and took unexpected turns. Andreacchi, 42, is a former accountant and Bikales, 54, recently ended a career in social work. The two were class mothers together when their children were in kindergarten and found that their cupcakes were always a hit. Azzariti, 43, of North Bellmore, is a CPA and longtime friend of Andreacchi’s. She had been advising the pair about making cupcakes profitable when she was laid off from her job, allowing her to go all-in.
Now the three spend their days baking, decorating and brainstorming cupcakes. They have transformed their storefront at 78 Hillside Ave. into a sea of icing, sprinkles, coconut shavings and every other ingredient a customer could ask for. One customer strolled through the door 10 minutes after the store opened Saturday morning and was overwhelmed by his options.
“You have to stop right there,” he said to Andreacchi. “I am going to want one of each if you don’t.”
Creations aren’t that hard to come up with, considering each partner is a mom, forming the perfect focus group. The kids are also all too happy to work behind the counter for a cupcake salary.
Andreacchi said the three would never have been able to start without the help of their community, so they give back when they can. Cupcakes leftover after close of business on Sunday go to Island Harvest, local school districts or St. Aidan Parish in Williston Park.
“I just like making people happy,” Azzariti said. “The smiles on their faces, especially the kids that come in. I have three boys. I need something pink in my life.”
Above, from left, Laura Andreacchi, Rosie Bikales and Francine Azzariti stand behind the counter in Williston Park's Cupcake Contessas Cupcakery.