On Dec. 2, TLC debuted Bakery Boss, a spinoff of Cake Boss in which the latter show’s star, Buddy Valastro, goes to sruggling bakeries around the country and helps them get their dough rising again (see what we did there, with “dough” being both a bakery term and slang for money?)
Didn’t take the show long to get around to DFW. On the Dec. 9 episode, Valastro visits Kristi G’s Cupcakes, which is in Lewisville’s Vista Ridge Mall. Between the show’s synopsis and the Kristi G’s website, we’ve gleaned that years of baking for family and friends led owner Kristi Gravitt to quit her corporate job and open a cupcake shop, which she runs with her husband, mother-in-law and four kids. But sales were slumping and the cupcake shop was in danger of closing, so Valastro came in to help out (spoiler alert: looks like it worked; here’s a menu).
TLC sent a preview video (the first cow appears before the 10-second mark -- because Vista Ridge Mall, which is off a busy section of I-35E, is surrounded by cattle, right?). To be fair, after the shots of glittery saddles and two-steppers, the episode does show people using public transporation with actual wheels and walking their dogs in urban settings.
The store’s problems during filming include its location in the mall, Gravitt’s gentle and nonconfrontational nature (which makes her a little less than assertive as a boss), and a debt of about $75,000. And they just begin there. But Valastro comes in with advice and ideas about presentation -- both of the store and its wares -- and an unusual job for Gravitt’s mother-in-law.
Not going to say any more -- if you want to see what happens, tune in at 8 p.m. Monday on TLC.