Candice + Adam Hunsinger
We are Adam + Candice Hunsinger, owners of the historic building at 122 Center Street in Downtown Grayslake. We purchased this building for all of its character and charm to open up the one and only bakery, Cacao Sweets & Treats. It’s been a few years of cleaning up past neglect and polishing her back into the big beauty she once was and what an adventure it is.
After settling into bakery life and dreaming of what we knew this space would be, we are excited to finally introduce you to Blacksmith & Co: Part home and lifestyle shoppe, part collective workspace. As a throwback to the history of what 122 Center Street was, we are letting this space speak for itself. We plan to fill the original haylofts with as many houseplants as possible – and stock the best home goods for a quality life! Our collective will host the best creative small businesses offering them a retail platform and workspace to grow their craft. We live and breathe small business and our community, so this was a natural extension.
Adam is the cutest electrician who is always balancing my dreamy ideas with a smile and just a slight eye roll. I am a passionate and sassy baker that can’t stop turning my ideas into reality. We are a little obsessed with our dog Cash (as in Johnny), who you will likely see as shoppe dog from time to time, taking road trips to find the perfect pizza, and restoring our historic home while simultaneously managing our businesses. It’s always an adventure and that’s the part we love.
We can’t wait to meet you!
Adam + Candice
Blacksmith & Co. got its name for a reason! The building was built in 1890 + served, at one point, as a Blacksmith. We’ve kept a lot of the original detail and it’s history one of our favorite things about this space!
We are still digging around for old photos and stories (if you have any, please share with us!), but we can tell you that this building has lived. While building out for the bakery in front, we found lots of cool tools and things behind walls and in the floor. Our Blacksmith floor is elevated because the main floor underneath was built on an angle to easily pull in the horses and carriages for cleaning and repair – how cool is that? This building definitely has its own voice and we have made it our mission to let that be heard and strip it back down to its simplicity.