LANCASTER — The city of Lancaster and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce on Thursday welcomed Maribel’s Café and Bakery to The BLVD.
“We’re thrilled to welcome yet another wonderful business to downtown Lancaster,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris in a city news release. “The Parada family’s bakery has been a staple in Lancaster for 20 years, and we’re very pleased to see their business continue to expand to their new location on Lancaster’s award-winning BLVD.”
Maribel’s Bakery is the third recipient of the City of Lancaster’s Spice Up Lancaster Loan Program; receiving a loan for $25,000 to fund construction of a patio dining area for the new location, as well as to purchase signage and kitchen equipment.
Established by Maribel Parada, Maribel’s first opened in Lancaster in 1993 on 20th Street West, between Avenue J and J-8. Now the Parada family has added a second location, in downtown Lancaster, founded and owned by Maribel’s son, Nick Parada, and his wife Jessica. The new bakery is a modern version of the original location with its hand drawn menus, coffee tables, and outdoor patio area.
Initially, Maribel’s sold cakes, pan dulce, tacos, and burritos. They later added pupusas, which became a favorite among many customers. Since then Maribel’s has carried a variety of gourmet pupusa fillings. In addition to the customary cheese filling, customers can enjoy pupusas filled with cheese and fish, bacon, ground beef, spinach, olives, and mushrooms. Maribel’s also offers tamales, empanadas, and breakfast burritos.
Throughout the years, Maribel’s has become well known for their custom cakes, pastries, and freshly made baked goods. Maribel’s sells muffins, scones, fruit tarts, cheesecake, cookies, strudels, turnovers and Danishes. In addition, Maribel’s features an exhibition table that allows customers to watch the baker prepare pastries.
“I have always loved The BLVD and wanted to become part of it. It’s a thriving, unique place – there has never been a place like this before in the Antelope Valley,” said Nick Parada. “There’s plenty to do here whether you’re going out to shop, watching a movie at the cinemas, or trying out different restaurants in the area. It’s great to know that we are now part of this experience.”
The new Maribel’s Café and Bakery is located at 706 W. Lancaster Blvd. Suite 101, next to BeX Grill. For more information, call 661-942-1611 or visit www.maribelsbakery.com.
The Spice Up Lancaster Loan Program offers low-interest loans of up to $25,000 to facilitate expansion to another location for well-established restaurants that have been operating in the Antelope Valley for 10 years or more. Restaurants must have fewer than five existing locations in order to be eligible. There is currently one remaining loan left in the program. For more information, contact Management Analyst Chenin Dow at 661-723-6165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)