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Best of 2017 – Kelly Lou cakes is opening a second cafe in Portlaoise

In November, Kelly Lou Cakes opened their second coffee shop in Portlaoise. 

This is an extraordinary feat for the business, which was started by Kelly Ging in 2011. 

Original article by Steven Miller. 


Kelly Lou Cakes, the popular Portlaoise-based business, is expanding and will be opening a second coffee shop in the town in the coming weeks.

Kelly Ging, owner of Kelly Lou Cakes, is opening a second premises in Parkside on the Abbeyleix Road just outside the doors of SuperValu. The unit she is moving into was previously ‘The Streat’ restaurant.

Kelly, who was a finalist earlier in this year in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition, set up Kelly Lou cakes in 2011, initially in a small corner of the her family’s well-known hardware store in the Kealew Business Park.

Initially it started out in a small corner of the shop but it has grown in recent years and now also caters for birthday parties and various other gatherings.

Custom-baked cakes, including wedding cakes, make up a big part of her business. She currently employs a number of people in her original store.

“It’s very busy and exciting,” she said. “And we’re going to be looking for staff in a variety of roles. We’re planning on being open in the next couple of weeks.”

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