Down­town gets sweeter Sweet Treats un­der new own­er­ship

The Covington News - - Business - RACHEL GOFF rgoff@cov­

Down­town Cov­ing­ton will get a lit­tle sweeter this fall, as Sweet Treats goes un­der new own­er­ship and con­cen­trates more on of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of baked goods.

Cov­ing­ton res­i­dents Christina and J.D. Carter pur­chased Sweet Treats, Sept. 1 af­ter pre­vi­ous own­ers of­fered the bak­ery to the cou­ple.

“I had been bak­ing out of my base­ment for a while and then we walked in one day, and they knew that I baked cakes and they of­fered it to us,” Christina said. “It was per­fect tim­ing. I had been bak­ing for my fam­ily for the past two and half years, and the pre­vi­ous own­ers had all de­cided to go back to school and were re­ally busy.”

Sweet Treats, lo­cated in down­town Cov­ing­ton since 2009, has fo­cused on pro­vid­ing cus­tom cakes; how­ever, the Carters plan to turn the fo­cus more on an as­sort­ment of baked goods.

“It was built around cus­tom cakes for ev­ery oc­ca­sion, that was their slo­gan, but for us, we want to do more home­made bakes,” Christina said. “I’ll be bak­ing pies, cakes, cook­ies, cup­cakes, a lot of dif­fer­ent things.”

How­ever, Christina said she will still do dec­o­ra­tive baked items for spe­cial oc­ca­sions and will have help from the pre­vi­ous owner Pam Du­gan.

“Mrs. Pam is go­ing to help and stay here for the tran­si­tion for the next few months and train me on the tech­niques that I’m not fa­mil­iar with,” she said. “Most of them I can do, but I’m just not too fa­mil­iar with.”

The Carters also plan to have the bak­ery open for longer hours, so that cus­tomers can stop by and en­joy treats throughout the day.

“We want to be open longer for peo­ple to stop in and en­joy their sweets,“she said. “The shop has al­ways been open in the evenings when the Du­gans would get off work, but af­ter Oct. 1, we plan to be open from noon to 7 p.m.”

The Carters said they hope the bak­ery will grow to be thought of as Cov­ing­ton’s num­ber one bak­ery and a one-stop shop for ev­ery­one’s sweet tooth needs.

“It re­ally is a store built with love and with our fam­ily,” Christina said. “Our fam­ily has been around us and sup­ported us, and we want peo­ple to be en­riched when they come here and get a lit­tle bit of hap­pi­ness.”

Sweet Treats will have cup­cakes for res­i­dents to try Thurs­day at New­ton County’s an­nual Taste of New­ton from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in Cov­ing­ton.

Rachel Goff /The Cov­ing­ton News

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