Sweets Bakeshop owner reveals future of new bakery
|New things are brewing at Sweets' Minneapolis location--like Kopplin's coffee.|
We stopped by recently to take a peek inside, grab some goodies, and talk with co-owner Krista Steinbach about what's on the horizon for Sweets.
|Friendly faces greet you at Sweet's new location--but why aren't there more display cases?.|
|Free samples made the selection especially sweet.|
|Valentine's is in full effect at the new shop.|
This weekend is really our soft open, and we don't have all of our display cases in place yet. They were supposed to arrive this week, but they're coming from Dallas and got delayed by the snow storm. But once they're here, it will look at lot more similar to the St. Paul store.
|Take off your coat and stay a while--another change from the St. Paul shop.|
But that's not the only thing that looks different. These seating areas are new.
We have a little more space here than we do in St. Paul, so we can have a couch and larger tables for people to stay and lounge. We also have a beverage case here, so we can offer bottled water, Pellegrino, milk, and chocolate milk. We can't do that in St. Paul, so it's nice to have it here.
You also have coffee and tea, which aren't at the other location.
Yeah, we're carrying Tea Source peppermint and Jasmine tea and Kopplin's Colombian blend. We're also offering a press pot service, so each customer gets their own individually ground, brewed-to-order press pot of coffee delivered to their table. Our tea is also loose leaf, so it will be brewed in the same way. In the future, we'll collaborate with Kopplin's to offer dessert and coffee pairings. That way, customers will know which coffees complement each dessert best. Certain coffees go with certain flavors, and we want to make it a whole experience.
That's a great idea! You wouldn't want your dessert to overpower your coffee or vice versa. What else do you have planned for the shop?
We'll do all of our experimenting with the menu here before introducing new items to the St. Paul store. We want to offer more than cupcakes and macarons, so we're going to team up with different local vendors to add merchandise to the shop, like cards. We're also going to expand our tea and coffee flavors in the future. And because we have more space, customers can rent the bakery for small baby showers, bridal showers, and birthday parties.