‘Cake Boss’ to help local business make ‘dough’

JOHNSTOWN – Lights; camera; action. Those three words associated with Hollywood will be heard over the next three days at Grandma Millie’s Bakery at the Fulton?County Airport during filming for a new TV show.

The TLC show “Bakery Boss” will show how “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro helps struggling family bakeries get back on their feet, said Vice President of Communications for TLC Dustin Smith.

Valastro has two shows on TLC: “Cake Boss,” a series about his bakery business, and the new “Bakery Boss,” in which he offers his wisdom to struggling bakeries.

Smith said the new show features struggling bakeries across the country and Grandma Millie’s was selected for compelling personal stories and real stakes where they “truly needed Buddy to help turn their business around.”

“This show looks at their entire operations,” Smith said. “Their menu, the look and feel of the bakery itself and the family dynamic. Buddy helps them navigate that in addition to updating their equipment and the look and feel of their business and designing the menu.”

Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz said Thursday the county has already provided permission to allow the show to alter the interior of the building.

“We think it’s a great thing for Grandma Millie’s and for the airport,” Mraz said. “This is an exciting venture and we are pleased to be a part of it.”

The show started filming at the airport Thursday and will continue through Sunday, Smith said.

“Bakery Boss” will premiere Dec. 2. He said he still doesn’t know when this particular episode will be aired.

However, Smith said, the original pilot for the series first premiered May 27 with Valastro getting a struggling bakery in Frankfort, Herkimer County, back on its feet, which led to TLC deciding to make an entire series.

Grandma Millie’s leases space at the Fulton County Airport, which is off Route 67 on County Highway 153. The business is co-owned by Chauncey McCormick.

The building has been the site of many restaurants over the years, starting with the former B-29 Cafe in the 1990s. The bakery business has been at the airport for more than two years.

The county reported earlier this year that Grandma Millie’s was overdue on a lease payment, overdue on sewer fees, owed late penalties, and was overdue on water payments. But the business got caught up, McCormick previously said.

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead was unavailable to comment on the status of the bakery’s payments.

The business is typically open six days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. However, it is currently closed due to filming and renovations, but will reopen to the public for the “revealing” Sunday.

People are asked to make reservations for the “reveal” to bakerybossjohnstown@gmail.com. People who RSVP and show up Sunday may end up on the show, according to a Facebook post from?Grandma Millie’s.

“They are transforming the business, so typically they are opening the doors again to the customers, so that will be a chance for them to see what happened,” Smith said about what will happen at the revealing. “You’ll see the cosmetic and menu updates.”

Smith said he isn’t sure if Valastro has arrived in the area yet.

On Thursday morning, officials said, the production crew was filming interviews of the owners for the show.

The McCormick family was unavailable for comment.