On April 15th downtown shoppers will be able to soothe their tax paying blues with a sweet treat from Berryville’s newest bakery. Sweet Surrender – Specialty Bakers opens Friday and will offer a variety of freshly baked sweets to entice area shoppers
Conceived by owners Ann Turner and Gary Rohrbaugh, the specialty bakery will mix talents from both to take advantage of the national interest in cupcakes. Ann said, “Originally we were just sitting around talking about the cupcake craze that’s going on in the country. I had just gotten back from California where we had been to Sprinkles Cupcakes which was one of the first cupcake bakeries in the country. Gary used to own a catering business in Winchester and he wanted to get back into the business, so a little less a than a year ago we started talking about it and it just grew from there.”
While cupcakes are the impetus behind the launch, the product line will extend well beyond cupcake offerings. Ann listed off the anticipated product line saying, “We will be selling cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, as well as cinnamon rolls and sticky buns for breakfast shoppers.” To round out the experience the store will also offer a limited but complimentary offering of beverages which will include fresh brewed coffee, bottled water, and cartons of milk.
She also mentioned the possibility of baking bread one day a week. Many boutique bakeries sell bread once a week as a way to offer quality product without having to maintain a large perishable inventory. “We are considering baking bread one day a week, maybe on Fridays to offer customers so they will have fresh bread over the weekend.”
However, before the first confection could be baked, the space required a significant makeover to accommodate the new store. “This building was the old Clarke Times-Courier Building and so it had this huge antique printing press that had been left in the front of the space. We were trying to find someone to take it but there was no way to get it out of the building. Later, we found out that they had taken the front window out to get it in so the the landlord did the same thing to get it out.” Building owner, Jerry Johnson removed the front window and used a forklift to get the old printing press out.
The new space is laid out with a large seating area and front counter for sales. Ann included a demonstration window in part of the production area where visitors and children can watch cake decorating take place.
After many months of hard work both owners are anxious to open to the public. Anne said, “I have been baking all my life and have always wanted my own bakery, so it’s a dream come true.”
Sweet Surrender – Specialty Bakers will open their doors 8:00 AM Friday at 16 West Main Street in downtown Berryville.