A staple Detroit confectionary will make its way to midtown next month.
Lucki’s Cheesecake is hoping to open the doors of its second location by December, said Lucki Word, the namesake of the shop and daughter of the owner, Rhonda Morris. The bakery will be in Woodbridge on Trumbull and Warren Avenue.
The new location will feature cheesecakes, cobblers, cupcakes and new savory menu items.
Before founding the bakery 10 years ago, Morris was a single mother working three jobs to provide for herself and her daughter, she said. Shortly before giving birth to Lucki, Morris said she lost everything.
“I had a house in Southfield, I had a car and I ended up being very, very sick,” Morris said.
Morris was ordered to seven months of strict bedrest by her doctor before giving birth to her daughter. Her daughter was named Lucki for the fortune she was sure they would share, Morris said.
Inspired by her mother’s work ethic, Lucki, who was 15 at the time, began selling New York-style cheesecakes out of their home to help the family. Lucki caught the attention of the local news and a business owner who approached Morris about selling cheesecakes at his restaurant.
Morris, believing in her daughter, quit her three jobs to open shop.
Today, Lucki’s Cheesecake is a staple in the University of Detroit Mercy community, sitting on McNichols Road near Livernois.
“Location is everything in a business,” Morris said.
Morris said the current site is doing well and she hopes to continue growing her business within the city.
“My goal is to own a [cheesecake] factory so I can hire people, give them jobs and just a better life,” Morris said. She plans to keep her business based in Detroit.
Students are already planning on becoming regular customers at Lucki’s Cheesecake.
“I’ll probably eat there four times a week,” said Nicholas Ang, a WSU student.
Morris plans to begin hiring for the store soon, she said
“I just hope she’ll hire high school students, too. I love cheesecake,” Putice Daniels said, a Cass Technical High School student who said she spends a lot of time on WSU’s campus.
“I want to invite all my customers — I have the best customers in the world — to come celebrate the new location,” Morris said. “I’ve never done anything here [at the McNichols location] so I want it to be like a family reunion.”
Cover photo by Ellen Chamberlain.