Couple hopes to fill sweet niche

A new business on Front Street is hoping to satisfy downtown’s sweet tooth.

Emily’s Sweets & Treats opened last week in the Mariti Chocolate Building and owners Emily Norris and Bruce Stevens already have regulars.

The recently married couple offer a variety of sweets including cupcakes, cookies, cake balls, truffles, muffins and the occasional scone.

They also offer coffee and espresso made with JennyBean coffee, a local Coupeville roaster.

Stevens said JennyBean has created an exclusive roast, which the shop will also soon carry for retail sale.

Being a barista is a new job for the couple, but they said their customers have been patient with them

“Venti? What’s that?” Stevens joked. “We have small, medium and large.”

They also plan to sell cold beverages to go with their tasty confections.

And soon, they said, they hope to have the market on apple juice sales on Front Street.

They took over the building in July and have steadily been working on getting permits and equipment all while planning a wedding.

“She focused on the wedding and I focused on the bakery,” Stevens said.

But it’s Norris’ enterprise at baking that opened the shop.

“I’ve been making cupcakes for years,” she said.

Norris has done special cupcake events over the last several years with Front Street Grill and Vail Wine Shop.

The shop will carry standard flavors such as chocolate with chocolate frosting, but Norris said she is open to ideas and does take specialty orders.

“My favorite is the chocolate, chocolate, but I made an apple spice (cupcake) and it might have changed my life,” she said.

As the business grows, so will the offerings.

Right now the coffee side of the business has a small selection of flavoring offerings, all based on public inquiry.

And will grow with demand.

Cupcakes are pretty hefty, with a price tag of $2.50.

“I want it to be a good value,” Norris said.

As a sous chef at Christopher’s, Stevens has the culinary background and assists where he can.

Norris said Stevens is in charge of the cookies as well as removing items from the oven.

She’s on “strike” since burning her finger on a batch of peanut butter cookies.

Both Stevens and Norris, who works as a server at Front Street Grill, plan on keeping their current jobs in addition to the shop.

Norris said she will also partner with another sweet purveyor on Front Street, which happens to be run by her parents. Norris is the daughter of Joel and Lorene Norris, who own Kapaws Iskreme.

Together, the two businesses plan to host ice cream and cupcake parties in the courtyard behind the building.

And just a week into their sweet adventure, the couple said they’ve received a lot of support and an already growing return customer base.

“It’s been great,” Norris said. “A lot of business owners have come in a said they’re glad to have us.”

 

 

Emily’s Sweets & Treats is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. For more information on specialty orders, go to www.emilysweetsandtreats.com