IE Cupcake Fair | Downtown Riverside Deals




Hi Friends & Neighbors -

This year I wanted to make it one of my goals to work closer with the local surrounding businesses and make the Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause” a true community event.  So, not only do we work with local non-profit organizations to give back to the community, but this year, we’re working with the Riverside Downtown Partnership to encourage the community and event guests to eat, shop and play local.

With the help of the Riverside Downtown Partnership,we’ve collected deals and discount offers from Downtown Riverside businesses.  All you have to do is mention the Cupcake Fair in order to redeem the local offer.   On the back of every event flyer, available at shops around the Downtown Riverside area, you can see a full list of all the participating businesses.

So, if you’re in the Downtown Riverside area and eating, shopping or playing locally then remember to mention the IE Cupcake Fair and redeem the local offers!

Remember, if you’re joining us on May 4th at the Riverside Convention Center, for the Cupcake Fair we encourage everyone to grab a bite at a local restaurant and use the special discounts – again, just mention the IE Cupcake Fair discount!

Here is a full list of local Downtown Riverside discounts:

  • Back to the Grind, 3575 University Ave., 951-784-0800, 10 percent off purchase
  • Gram’s Mission BBQ Palace, 3527 Main St., 951-782-8219, Daily specials include one side & drink – $6.99
  • Downtowne Books, 3582 Main St., 951-682-1082, 20 percent off purchase
  • D Dogs Restaurant, 3557 University Ave., 951-686-2176, 10 percent off  food purchase
  • Sweet Epies Bakery & Café, 3540 9th St., 951-781-6778, $2 off total purchase over $10
  • Molinos Coffee, 3660 Mission Inn Ave., 951-347-9518, buy one get one half off
  • Antonious Pizza, 3737 Main St., Ste. 105, 951-682-9100, 10 percent off purchase
  • PIP Printing & Document Services, 4093 Market St., 951-682-2005,, 10 percent off purchase with payment at time of order
  • Pixels, 3535 University Ave., 951-683-7957, buy one, get one half off any food item of equal or lesser value
  • Hideaway Café, 3700 Main St. (Lower level in Mission Galleria), 951-686-0950, 10 percent off food purchase
  • Upper Crust, 3573 Main St., 951-783-3149, free drink with meal
  • Pacific Stiks Chinese Cuisine, 3737 Main St., Ste. 106, 951-782-0938, 10 percent off purchase
  • Reveille, 3545 Main Street, 775-773-8345,, 50 percent off first month of unlimited classes (for new clients only)
  • Sweet Vintage Décor, 3541 Main St., 951-532-4627, 10 percent off entire store (select items excluded)
  • Riverside Art on Main, 3730 Main St., 951-403-8509, buy one get one half off scented cupcake candles and two for $10 electronic vapes e-liquid
  • The Nature of Things, Fine Flowers & Botanicals, 3512 9th Street, 951-204-2149, $10 off a flower order of $50 or more

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Inland Empire Weekend Events | Weekend Fun Guide 4/11-4/13/14



Hi Friends & Neighbors!

It’s felt more like Summer than Spring this past week.  That means a picture perfect weekend in the Inland Empire! Baseball fans can take in the Lake Elsinore Storm’s home opener against the Lancaster Jethawks, or if you love reality television, Temecula’s Reality Rally sounds like a great place to be!

Don’t forget to start making plans for next week’s Easter Sunday! Our  Inland Empire Spring & Easter Guide has many fun seasonal activities for the entire family.

As always, have a great weekend!

p.s. This week’s photo is from the Parliament Chocolate’s side patio in Downtown Redlands.



4/12, Walk to End Homelessness – This special charity/fundraiser walk begins at 6:30 a.m. at Riverside Homeless Service Campus. Registration fee is $35.

4/12, Crafts Class - Spring Time Crafts Class begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Augie’s Coffee Roasters in Riverside. Sponsored by Mothership Scrapbook Gal. Tickets are $30; prepaid is required.

4/12, UCR Katjpunan – UCR’s Katjpunan takes the stage at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. Tickets are $16.

4/12, Day of the Child – The Corona Norco Day of the Child begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at City Park in Corona. The annual festival is FREE for all elementary school children and their parents and will feature a number of activities for children and information booths for parents.

4/12, Dead Man’s PartyM15 hosts Dead’s Man Party at 7 p.m. Saturday in Corona. All ages. Tickets are $7.

4/12, Walk for Wishes – Make a Wish Foundation’s Walk for Wishes takes pace Saturday at Castle Park in Riverside. Check out the website for schedule and registration information.

4/12, Men Who CookYMCA of Riverside County presents the 24th Annual Men Who Cook  from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Riverside. Admission is $20.

Thru 4/13, “Les Miserables” – This classic musical performed by Performance Riverside runs through Sunday at the Landis Performing Arts Center. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $28.



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4/11 and 4/13, Cooking Classes – Special classes!  Learn to cook Chinese food from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and European cake  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at The Cooking Block in Redlands.  $69 per person or $60 each when two or more sign up together. $65 per person.

4/12, Art Festival - The Red Dirt Art Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Smiley Park in Redlands. Various artists displaying and selling their wares. Admission is FREE.

4/12, Car Show – The 12th Annual Cruise for Sight Car Show runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sylvan Park in Redlands. Registration for vehicles is $25; admission is FREE. Proceeds to benefit the Inland Empire Lighthouse for the Blind.

4/12, Crusin’ Cuisine – Bring the family to the Third Annual Cruisin’ Cuisine from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday where your taste buds will be treated to epicurean delights from fabulous local restaurants.

4/12, Free Sample Saturday – Jamberry Nails hosts Free Sample Saturday of various nail products beginning at 8 a.m. in Redlands.

Thru 4/13, 66ers Baseball – The Inland Empire 66ers take on the High Desert Mavericks through Sunday at San Manuel Stadium. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:05 p.m.  Tickets start at $4.15. Sunday Promotions this weekend: Friday is Super Hero Night, Fifty Cent Friday and Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganza; Saturday is 66ers California League Championship Replica Ring Giveaway and Disability Awareness Night; and Sunday is Family Funday Sunday, Hit the Books Reading Program, Kids Drawstring Backpack Giveaway, Post-Game Kids Run the Bases and Pre-Game Baseball Clinic.


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4/12, Pomona Art Walk - Visit the American Museum of Ceramic Art and other art venues from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Downtown Arts Colony. This event is FREE!

4/12, International Festival - The 36th Annual International Festival is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Claremont McKenna College Quadrangle. Parking is FREE; small fee for food.

4/12, Taste of Claremont, The 15th annual Taste of  Claremont is 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Claremont University Consortium. Samplings of some of the city’s best food and spirits will be available. Tickets are $65. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Claremont’s special projects.

4/13, Kim Martin Band – Check out this popular IE cover band at 1 p.m. Sunday at The Buffalo Inn in Upland.

4/13, Car Show – The Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show runs from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fairplex. General admission is $10, children 12 and younger admitted FREE.

4/13, Car Show and BBQ – In honor of its first anniversary, Rise Above Tattoo Co. hosts its first ever car show and bbq from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Montclair. Entertainment, raffle, FREE admission and more!



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4/12, Squeaky Clean Comedy – Enjoy some honest and clean comedy fun hosted by Mel Austin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ontario Improv. 16 and older; two-item minimum; dress code enforced. Tickets are $10.

4/12, Hockey – The Ontario Reign takes on the Bakersfield Condors at 6 p.m. Friday at the Citizen Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Parking is $5.

Thru 4/13, “Beauty and the Beast” – The Inland Pacific Ballet’s rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” runs through Sunday at the Lewis Family Playhouse. Showtimes are 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $22.

4/13, Bridal Show - A bridal open house is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Radisson Hotel in Ontario. See the latest trends in bridal fashions. Admission is FREE with complimentary hors d’oeuvre and champagne.

4/13, Pet Clinic - An affordable Vet Care Pet Vaccine and Microchip Clinic is from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Shelter.

Thru 4/6, Quakes Baseball - The Quakes open their season at home with a weekend series against the San Jose Giants. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices vary.



4/12, Bass Tournament - Aaron’s Big Bear Bass Tournament Championship Series is this weekend in Big Bear. Additional information is available online.



4/11, Kids Club – Bring the family to the plaza in front of Edwards Theater in Temecula from 3 to 5 p.m. for Kids Club with Birch Aquarium. Explore live sea creatures, eco-systems and Earth Day. FREE for kids ages 3-10.

4/11, Tim Sweeney – Motivational comedian Tim Sweeney performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Tickets are $20.

4/11-4/13, Reality Rally - Love reality television? Come see some of your favorite stars as they play a Temecula-style “Amazing Race” this weekend. Check out the website for times, events and pricing.

4/12, Art Classes - The Wine Country Art Gallery hosts a special art class from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Temecula. Each class is $55; registration required.

Thru 4/13, Opening Night -  The Lake Elsinore Storm takes on the Lancaster Jethawks this weekend at Diamond Stadium. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Friday, 6:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Promotions include Fireworks Friday and Magnet Schedule Giveaway, Social Media Saturday and Sunday Funday. Tickets start at $9.

Thru 4/20, “Tom Sawyer” - The Temecula Valley Players presents this classic play through April 20 at Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Tickets start at $20. Check the website for performance times.

Thru 5/18, Photography  Exhibit - J. Francis Miley Photography present their newest exhibit “Western Photography by Miley” beginning Saturday at the Temecula Valley Museum.


4/13, Free Second SundaysThe Palm Springs Art Museum offers Free 2nd Sundays at the museum. Admission and all activities are FREE.

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Inland Empire Cupcake Fair Baker Interview|KML Events





Hi Friends & Neighbors-


This year’s Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause” is just around the corner and we at would like to introduce to you the talented bakeries and cupcakeries that you will see on May 4th, at the Riverside Convention Center.  We hope that these Local Star interviews give you a glimpse into the hard working men and women behind the cupcake. :)


Our first star is KML Events. As a homegrown business, KML Events is owned by Melissa and her mother, who help plan and execute a wide range of celebrations from birthday parties to weddings. On top of helping you plan your special event KML Events also creates scrumptious desserts. You can find Melissa and her delicious treats every Thursday night from 5 – 9 PM at the Downtown Upland Thursday Market Night. Our intern Jessica recently had the pleasure to interview Melissa and get to know her and her Sweet Shoppe.


Check out her interview with KML Events and the yummy photos from our recent photo shoot.




Q. Tell me about yourself and your business. 
My name is Melissa, and together with my mother, Debbie, we own an event planning, design, and dessert catering company.  We started KML Events in 2012 after years of planning and coordinating events and baking for our family and friends.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
My love for the kitchen started with my mother.  She was always baking and cooking for our family and friends growing up.  Being her only child, I was the “shoe-in” for her “sous chef” (her words, not mine) position.  She scoured over every magazine and cookbook she could get her hands on.  I scooped cookie dough, chopped vegetables, measured oil, you name it, I probably did it.


She loved it all.  Me, not so much.  I learned a lot from watching her experiment in the kitchen, but I would have rather read a Jane Austen novel than sear scallops.  Until one day, when I had the chance to plan my very first event all on my own.


I took all of the knowledge I had received from her (and from all the crazy wedding and event planning/cooking shows we watched together) and threw a surprise birthday party for my aunt.  I didn’t know if I could pull it off, but at the end of the day – my aunt was actually surprised when she showed up!  I was so happy!  Even when the deejay was a no-show!  It was awesome seeing my aunt enjoy herself, surrounded by the people she loved.  The compliments didn’t hurt either.  KML Events blossomed that night.

Q. What are your aspirations for your business? 
Shortly after KML Events became legal I was asked if we saw ourselves opening a storefront.  My answer was an immediate no.  Even though I had so much frun with our events and baking cupcakes, KML was not my first career goal.  I have wanted to teach since I came home from my first day of Kindergarten.  That goal has not changed, but my mom was the one who said that if we didn’t dream a little bigger than we thought possible that we were doing ourselves a disservice.  I knew the “what if” would always haunt me.  So now, I’m open to the idea of a storefront.  If it happens, awesome.  But we’ll still be happy baking cupcakes from our little KitchenAid in the meantime.


Q. What kind of events do you do? 
We cater towards birthday parties and weddings (since they’re planned on a more frequent basis), but we’ve done corporate parties, baby showers, bridal showers, anniversaries, etc.  We very much believe that there isn’t a day out there that can’t be brightened by cupcake.


Q. Does your event planning take you far or do you stay close by? 
Our last wedding was in Santa Barbara at the Four Seasons Biltmore.  We did day-of coordinating and a dessert table, so we’re more than happy to travel, if need be.  We’ll even make two trips to Orange County and back to make sure your rented manzanita trees are dropped off on time.  Not that that happened with the Santa Barbara wedding or anything. ;]


Q. How do you decide which desserts to make for your events? 
When we were creating our cupcake menu, I was very adamant about not putting anything on it that I wouldn’t eat myself.  That idea has gotten blown out of the water because no one wants to eat off of a menu created by a picky eater.  That’s boring.  So we’ve taken some basic flavors that we know a majority of people enjoy and then added some randomness here and there.  Also, I am a huge fan of adding liquor to something.  We love custom orders and flavors too.  They’re your desserts, so you should get something that you’ll enjoy.


Q. Where are you located and why did you choose the Inland Empire? 
While the idea of KML started back when we were living in the Walnut/Rowland Heights area, KML Events is actually located in Ontario.  We moved out to the IE about five and a half years ago.  One of the really nice things about the IE, I think, is that there is more room for growth (both literally and figuratively).  We definitely want to open our storefront out here.


Q. Where do you do your baking?  
We do all of our baking from our kitchen at home.  Our kitchen is always full of cupcakes.


Q. What are you most popular flavors? 
Our most popular flavor is the Irish Car Bomb, which also happens to be the first cupcake I made outside of chocolate and vanilla.  I’m still trying to find something that matches that intensity of flavor.


Q. What unique flavors do you have & how do you come up with them? 
   - Bubba: chocolate stout cake filled with bourbon fleur de sel caramel, frosted with bourbon fleur de sel caramel-infused buttercream, and topped with chocolate-dipped bacon.
   - Irish Car Bomb: Guiness stout cake filled with Jameson Irish Whiskey chocolate ganache, frosted with Bailey’s Irish Cream-infused buttercream, and topped with milk chocolate Crispearls. 
   - Lemon Lavender: light lemon and lavender cake frosted with a lemon buttercream, sprinkled with purple sanding sugar and dried lavender. {our newest flavor}
We’re always trying out new flavors.  We also listen to our clients – they have some great ideas!


Q. What is your favorite flavor of cupcake? 

I’ve always been a marshmallow kind of girl, so it would have to be S’mores.

Thank you Melissa and for allowing us to get to know them and their business. Have a party to plan? Visit KML Events on Facebook or Twitter for more information. These lovely ladies will be at the Inland Empire Cupcake Fair 2014 on May 4, 2014. For more details, visit




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