Sweet Cakes by Melissa has closed it's doors, at least for the formal storefront. On September 1, The Oregonian reported that the controversial cake shop is now closed. A quick check of the store's Facebook page declares that although the storefront is now closed, customers may still order custom cakes that will be baked and created in their home.
Earlier this year, Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in the Portland area. This refusal ignited a media circus and ultimately, the lesbian couple filed sexual orientation discrimination charges with the state of Oregon. The couple who were denied a cake ended up getting one made by Duff Goldman, the star of "Ace of Cakes."
Owners Aaron and Melissa Klein have said that the bakery will sell items to anyone, including same-sex couples or homosexuals, they just won't bake them a wedding cake. The Kleins say this is due to religious beliefs that do not support the idea of a same-sex marriage. It is unclear if the discrimination charges or the public backlash contributed to their decision to close the shop.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed their doors on Saturday and will now be run as an at-home service. They will continue to customize all sorts of cakes and will take orders through their website. Samples of their work can be seen on the Sweet Cakes by Melissa Facebook page as well.