Caine’s Arcade

This is a very touching short film I found on the web last week. A nine-year-old boy named Caine spent his summer building a working and functioning arcade completely out of boxes and his dad’s auto parts. Once filmmaker Nirvan Mullick learned of Caine’s arcade, he found out that Caine was not getting the amount of customers he had hoped. So, Mullick decided to take things in his and documented the story. Check it out!


J2150 Mobile Project – Opening the Velvet Cupcake

For my J2150 mobile project, I was craving some sweet this morning, so I decided to head to the Velvet Cupcake, located on 23 8th Street here in downtown Columbia. I wanted to see how a day begins at the trendy new bakery that has everyone talking.
Velvet Cupcake is located on 8 23 Street in downtown Columbia.

Opening this past December, Velvet Cupcake has been satisfying the residence of Columbia’s sweet tooth for the past 4 months. The store opens everyday at 7am, and closes at 7pm on the weekdays, and 9pm on the weekends. As you walk in, you are greeted by rows of cupcakes just waiting to be taken. Velvet Cupcake has over 20 different flavors with various ones released throughout the day. They also sell various pastries, like scones, Danishes, quiches, and cinnamon rolls.

Today’s showcase flavors included tiramisu, s’mores, red velvet, and many more!

I was lucky enough to get access downstairs to the kitchen area to see the baking in action!

A worker from the Tiger Hotel (which owns Velvet Cupcake), leads me to the kitchen area.

I met Laurel Dunwoody, a pastry chef here at the Velvet Cupcake. Hailing from Kansas City, but currently living in Jefferson City, she is fairly new to Velvet Cupcake, having only worked 2 months now. Arriving at 6am, Dunwoody says she bakes over 200 cupcakes a day.

Dunwoody creating flowers on all of the mini white butter cream cupcakes being given out today.

She has been baking cupcakes since high school and spent 20 years baking in the operation management and health care system. “It’s a stress relief, it gets me in my zone,” she said as I asked why she enjoys baking cupcake. Since working, Dunwoody has introduced three new flavors to the menu: chocolate almond fudge, Heath (after the candy bar), and mojito.

Dunwoody shows me the cupcakes already baked for the main store display.

Today, she was whipping up mini vanilla cupcakes with white butter cream for a special promotion happening today in Columbia. The cupcakes will be given out at various sororities and businesses downtown and luckily, she gave me one to try!

Dunwoody teaching me how to create flowers on the cupcakes.

The Velvet Cupcake currently has a special contest going on where people can “build” their own cupcake, with the winner having their cupcake displayed in the store and getting one dozen free cupcakes! Entries must be submitted by April 30, so stop by soon and enjoy at the Velvet Cupcake! I surely did!

I couldn’t resist testing out the s’mores cupcakes.