Don Bauder 7:30 a.m., April 23
New Bakery in Downtown Chula Vista
Errands day often includes a stop for treats. Last week, I spied a new bakery in downtown Chula Vista, which I used as a carrot throughout the morning to entice the little one to behave. It worked, and after lunch, we stopped in Sweet Sisters Bakery and Café to see what treats we could find.
Inside, the bland décor reminded me of a Holiday Inn breakfast lobby, where “free breakfast included” means muffins wrapped in plastic and coffee in Styrofoam cups. The walls were painted beige and, aside from a large flat screen and a couple if pictures of gaudy cakes, not much had been done with the place.
The display case, however, offered red velvet cupcakes, tarts, cookies, and fancy cakes that were very pretty to look at. When I stepped up to order a couple of butter cookies, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the surly guy behind the counter say, “They’re four for $1.19.”
Turns out the red velvet cupcakes were inexpensive, too - only $1.49.
Whoa again. Downtown Chula Vista isn’t Hillcrest, is it?
On a blackboard behind the counter, coffee drinks were listed in chalk, but I saw nothing about sandwiches. So I was surprised when the surly guy went back behind the double doors and brought out sandwiches to two women waiting at the end of the counter.
“Do you have a menu,” I asked him.
“No,” was all he said.
“So you have sandwiches but you have no menu?” I asked.
When I asked how long the bakery had been open, he told me since Valentine’s Day. And then he went on to help someone else.
We opened our box of cookies and ate all four. I expected some crunchy crispness and got none. Though softer than I expected, however, they were tasty.
Before we left, a woman in pink came out from behind the double doors. She had a friendly face, so I ventured to get a bit more information from her.
“So, you opened on Valentine’s Day?”
“Well, this is a soft opening,” she said. “We’ll have a grand opening on March 9th.”
Okay. That makes sense.
The woman’s name is Karina. She owns the place with her sister. When the bakery opens for real on March 9, they’ll have croissants, salads, sandwiches, crepes – and menus. Plus, for three hours that day, they’ll offer free bite-size tastings of their goodies. Karina said the information is on the website, but as of this writing, it’s not.
If you plan to attend the Grand Opening, I suggest calling a day or two beforehand to find out what time it begins. 619.207.0222