First things first: Happy Mothers Day. I hope your day was filled with joy and the company of those you love.
It was Wednesday, early evening, and I had just driven across town for my haircut appointment. It had been a long day and I was dying for a cup of coffee. Yes, I might toss and turn most of the night, but I really needed a blast of flavor and energy. After eight hours in front of a computer screen and another hour slogging through rush-hour traffic, a cappuccino was all I could think about.
(Why do they call driving at a snail’s pace “rush”?)
And so I parked my car, ducked into the hair salon to let them know I’d arrived (you never want to be late for a hair appointment – never), and set out at a trot to find some joe. Within a hundred yards I found a bakery, and it was still open. I spied the coffee maker from the front door but thoughts of java evaporated when I walked up to the glass showcase: there beckoned dozens and dozens of cupcakes iced in clouds of the lightest buttercream. Triple- chocolate, spicy chocolate (infused with habanero), very vanilla, salted caramel, peanutbutter cup, thyme honey walnut, and more. There were also French macaroons – lemon, mango, mocha, lavender, chocolate, just to name a few.
I’d stepped into a little piece of heaven called Sweets Bakeshop.
George Lo, husband to one of the co-owners, chatted with me as customers entered the shop in a steady stream. Although the business has been open at the South Minneapolis location for only a couple of months, people have found them. (Their first shop is located in St. Paul.) In fact, Sweets Bakeshop was featured in a recent edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press because Ly had designed icing decorations to commemorate the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). Ly, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, creates the artistic icing displays. Co-owner Krista Steinbach, an Iraq veteran and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, develops the recipes and bakes the finished desserts.
In between customers, George told me that their shop insists on using the best ingredients – often purchased from local farmers and processors. Ah ha! So you can benefit from locally-grown foods while eating desserts!
I hope you enjoy this Deep Roots Radio interview with Ly Lo, an ardent champion of local foods and cupcakes to help celebrate life’s special events, including haircuts. Enjoy.
Interview with Ly Lo, co-owner of Sweets Bakeshop .