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Everything at Crushcakes Café is made on site, from scratch with love!  We always use the freshest and finest ingredients including Callebaut Chocolate, real vanilla beans, fresh fruits and veggies.  We prepare breakfast and lunch every day, 7 days a week and offer catering, wedding and event cakes, dessert bars and more.  We hope you will come visit us soon… you will always remember your first crush!

A little bit about us...

Shannon Gaston is the original owner and operator of Crushcakes Cafes. After many years in the corporate world of HR and Law, Shannon went on a yoga retreat to Sonoma in 2007, where she was inspired and brought back to her restaurant roots during deep meditation.  By February 2008, Shannon said goodbye to the world of HR and Law and opened the first Crushcakes in Santa Barbara.

This has been quite an exciting adventure!  We have have had A LOT of ups and downs over the years.  From the recession that started soon after we opened, to fires, mud slides, pandemics and civil rights movements, we have been here for it all.  Still making our delicious cakes, cupcakes and food, we hang in there because we are passionate about what we do and the community that we serve!

Another thing that really drives me is being and supporting women in powerful positions. We have been supporting women running sh*t since 2008.  Since that time I have hired women managers, chefs, baristas, bakers, bookkeepers, our CPAs, lawyers and more! These amazing women have kept my business afloat during good times and throughout the hardest times. And I am sooooo thankful to know them and to have worked with them!

This has also come with the awesome support of my husband and family. As Crushcakes has grown so has our family, we are a very diverse group; Black, Middle Eastern, Jewish, White and everything in between. We continue to support each other and those in our community through employment, donations and more. We do this because we love it, not because we hope to get rich one day or to make a name for ourselves, but because we genuinely love what we do each day.  

Thank you so much for supporting our family run business, we would not be here if it were not for you all!  If you have any thoughts or suggestions about how we can do things better, please feel free to reach out to us anytime, we love to hear from you! peace.love.food. Always and forever, Shannon ♥️  


Shannon Gaston, Founder



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