The family-run bakery hangs its hat on a unique cheesecake recipe.
On Feb. 1, Sean Brezzell and his family opened 24th Cheesecakerie’s second location in Ypsilanti. Brezzell wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth – it was wooden, and he says he’s held onto it ever since. “Food was always my calling. My mom and grandmother both made their living in the kitchen, so it’s no wonder my job is being a stay-at-home daddy and baker,” Brezzell says.
No matter what kitchen Brezzell cooked in, his delectable cheesecake recipe always made a splash with customers and managers. 24th Cheesecakerie made a name for itself at the Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor for its fantastic flavor combinations and a particular taste that Brezzell says took him months to perfect.
“I don’t want the tang of cheese or sour cream in my recipe. I want my cheesecake to taste like ice cream,” Brezzell says. “People love recommending new flavors of the week to us. My wife’s favorite is birthday cake; mine is hazelnut. Get you a slice of that with coffee and you’re in heaven.”
Brezzell says the whole family – mom and grandma included – help with operating the store and coming up with new ideas. “We bake all day, three days out of the week. The best thing about it is the support we all give each other. My brother is the biggest staple. He really be busting his behind, but all of us are really committed to this.”
100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor · 14 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti