Worth the Cinn

New Roseville café specializes in decadent cinnamon rolls
By: Molly McKibben, The Press-Tribune
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At Cinn City, you can have a big cinn, a forgivable cinn and even a cinnless cinn. But you can't cinn on Sunday. Charlynn Oborn of Roseville has spread her love of all things domestic into the business world. Cinn City, the new café that specializes in cinnamon rolls she opened in April 2005 with her husband, Ed, is off and running. "(Business) is very good," Charlynn said. "It's steadily picking up. Every day is better than the one before." The café, located at 1490 Eureka Road in Roseville, offers homemade cinnamon rolls, gourmet coffee, as well as a full lunch menu filled with items like "Ed's Favorite Salad" and a lemon chicken pizza. "We're really, really busy in the morning, and around 11:30 a.m. or 12 (noon), it slows down, and so to keep up with demand, I'm offering lunch as well so that there's something all day long," Charlynn said. "I'm hoping people will come in for lunch, have a cinnamon roll for dessert, and then come back in the morning." Charlynn has created a menu of cinnamon rolls that include the massively sized "Big Cinn," the "Cinnless Cinn" (made with orange juice, toasted coconut and sour cream) and the pecan and caramel-topped "Ultimate Cinn." Ed, the assistant finance director for the City of Roseville, oversees the finances, while Charlynn mans the oven. "I love doing this I love the whole thing," Charlynn said. "I love customer contact, I love baking, I love dough. I just really, really enjoy it." Some customers are enjoying Cinn City as well. Jan Barrett, a Roseville resident, raved about their products. "The cinnamon rolls are delicious," Barrett said. "They are the best I've ever had." This is the second baking endeavor the Oborns have opened together.
What: Café, specializes in cinnamon rolls Where: 1490 Eureka Road, Roseville Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday (closed Sundays) Information: 788-1515
Their first, a small bakery, opened in 1988 in downtown Sacramento. That menu featured their signature cinnamon rolls and gourmet coffee. "We closed that one and changed the name, changed the recipe changed everything," Charlynn said. "This one's a little more upscale than the old one. It's a whole different market here." While operating that bakery, Charlynn's culinary talents received notice from a Sacramento publication, which awarded her the honor of "Best Cinnamon Rolls" for two consecutive years. Cinn City, open Monday through Friday, from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., is closed Sundays so that the whole Oborn clan Ed, Charlynn and their four children can go to church. But fortunately for those craving cinnamon, Cinn City offers take-and-bake packs of cinnamon rolls that can be bought Saturday and baked at home Sunday. "(We have the take-and-bake items) because we're not open on Sunday and I know that Sunday is a big day," Charlynn said. "But I go to church on Sunday and plus I need some rest. I work six days a week I work long, long hours. I need a day where I can just kind of relax." Another feature that sets Cinn City apart from other cafés is they deliver (within Roseville city limits) as well as cater. They also have a Web site ( where customers can order online and pick up their items freshly made. "I think Roseville is a hot spot," Charlynn said. "I'm hoping that I can break into the market here and fulfill the need of people wanting hot cinnamon rolls." - Molly McKibben can be reached at mollym@