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(EAST PEORIA, IL – May 31, 2019) – This morning, May 31, 2019, the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, along with Cullinan Properties, Ltd., hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Guilty Pleasures Cupcake Bakery at The Levee District.

Guilty Pleasures Cupcake Bakery is located at 328. W. Washington Street near Carter’s and the newly opened Sola Salon Studios. The bakery specializes in standard and mini cupcakes, both filled and unfilled, and everything is made from scratch. Popular flavors include lemon raspberry, red velvet, chocolate peanut butter and cookies & cream cupcakes. Guilty Pleasures is partnering with CxT Roasting Company to offer coffee and hot tea, in addition to other beverages.


The bakery also accepts custom orders for weddings or other events. Specialty or custom flavors can be requested, such as mojito, vanilla maple pecan whisky, caramel apple cinnamon or maple bacon.


Guilty Pleasures is owned by Central Illinois native Lisa Friebohle, who started baking as a hobby. “I’m a nurse practitioner, and I would often go home and bake as a form of stress relief,” stated Friebohle. “I would bring my cupcakes to cookouts, and people loved them so much that they would ask me to make cupcakes for their events. I started doing orders on the side for fun, including weddings, and realized that I loved it and wanted to turn it in to something bigger.”


The bakery features a family friendly environment, complete with ample seating and free wifi. “I want this to be an environment where people can feel comfortable to come relax or get work done while enjoying cupcakes and coffee,” stated Friebohle.


“We are pleased to bring a local entrepreneurial business like Guilty Pleasures Cupcake Bakery to The Levee District,” stated Kathleen Brill, Vice President, Director of Leasing for Cullinan Properties, Ltd. “This is a perfect addition to the center – patrons can now grab a delicious snack, dessert or coffee while they’re visiting the other shops and restaurants at The Levee District.”


Guilty Pleasures Cupcake Bakery officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 1. Regular hours are Monday thru Friday from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.


About The Levee District

Owned and managed by Cullinan Properties, Ltd., The Levee District, encompasses over 86 acres that includes 650,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, as well as office, hotel and civic components. Co-anchors include Target, Costco, Gordmans, Ross Dress For Less and Ulta. Businesses adjacent to the property include: Holiday Inn & Suites with a full service Johnny’s Italian Steak House, Hometown Bank, Aldi and the Fondulac District Library. For more information, visit and


About Cullinan Properties

Cullinan Properties, LTD. is a leading provider of real estate services specializing in commercial and mixed-use developments and acquisitions.  With offices in Peoria, IL, Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO, Cullinan Properties is a multi-disciplined real estate firm that develops, manages and owns mixed-use, retail, multi-family, office, governmental and medical properties throughout the United States, including Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Georgia and Texas. For additional information about Cullinan Properties, Ltd., visit




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