Akron couple help LeBron show neighbors his ‘sweet side’
Kevin Chill Heard | 7/30/2014, 9:35 a.m. | Updated on 7/30/2014, 1:44 p.m.
By Kevin Chill Heard
Caught up in the throes of whether or not LeBron James would be “returning home” was a quiet suburb in Akron. The scene was described as hectic, but what may have, at first, left a bad taste in the mouths of his neighbors, ended with an effect quite the opposite.
As the throng of fans and onlookers converged on LeBron’s Bath Township neighborhood in the days leading up to his announcement that he would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, certainly his neighbors had to be a little put off by all the activity. When the occupants of the Akron suburb found out that that their neighbor would indeed be returning home to play basketball, they also learned he was a man of good taste.
A knock on the door, a smiling face and a box of cupcakes bearing a note from “LeBron, Savannah, Bronny and Brice,” foretold a kind and caring gesture from their globally iconic neighbor.
The note accompanying the goodies read:
“Dear friend, we know things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you. As a gesture of our gratitude and appreciation, our family wants to give you something that is meaningful to us, our foundation's cupcakes. We hope you enjoy the treat!”
… And by all accounts, the six “Just a kid from Akron Cherry Cola” and the six “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk” cupcakes where a hit!
The confectionary forget-me-nots arrived from Baker Blvd Decadent Cupcakes and Desserts. The Akron owners of the bakery, Jason and LaKisha Williams, insist that they were not tipped off that LeBron would be returning to the Cavaliers, but admit that they were in on the advance info that they had better start whipping up a really big batch of the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) approved cupcakes.
“We received a call from the foundation saying that Lebron, Savannah, Bronny and Brice wanted to [do this] for their neighbors,” said LaKisha, who along with her husband Jason own and operate Baker Blvd in Fairlawn, Ohio, “so we got our troops together, made the cupcakes and delivered them.” The whole process was handled with great care and the highest priority of secrecy as described by LaKisha. “We started baking that morning until midday and allowed everything to cool. Then we frosted each one, placed them in our dozens boxes and hand-tied each box with a bow. We finished up about nine that night. Happy husband Jason chimed in on how “operation Lebron cupcake delivery” went from there. “We went to every neighbor’s house, some we would see on the street, said Jason. As to how the neighbors reacted to folks walking up on them with a box of cupcakes, Jason responded, “Once they knew that the cupcakes were from LeBron, Savannah and the kids as well-whishes they were excited.” LaKisha added, “And they all graciously said that he didn’t have to do it. Each family had a little story to share about LeBron, Savannah and the boys. The stories were really nice to hear.”