Sweet Seasons will be offering a variety of baked goods, salad, sandwiches, beverages. Months of preparation brings fruition to years of dreaming for owner Patricia Dlouhy. The pastry chef has been eager to open her own business serving the Lowell community.
Hooked on a Feeling
Dlouhy found a love for baking as a child watching her mom prepare sweets in the kitchen. “I started as a young girl sitting on a stool watching my mom bake as she always loved it.” she remembers. After working in a long city government career she became a victim of downsizing which opened the doors to culinary school. Dlouhy graduated from Secchia Culinary Institute in 2014 as a certified pastry chef.
As pastry chef and bakery manager at Vela the last two months they were open she decided to take over the space as her own. As part of culinary school Dlouhy had to come up with a business name and model as part of an assignment. Now upon fulfilling her dream she used Sweet Seasons, keeping the name envisioned years ago. “It seemed like an opportunity for me to reopen as the owner since I really enjoyed it and Lowell is my town, my people and I felt like I could give the place what it needed.” says Dlouhy.
On to the Yummy Stuff
Dlouhy is known by some as the Cheesecake Lady. But customers will find her Italian buttercream cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and other sweet offerings eager to return for more. Grain free options are also in the works. Special orders can also be placed for party needs or if you feel the need to treat the family. Catering is also available. Stop in for more details about how Sweet Seasons can help you.
Offering Sozo Coffee, located in Ionia, which has a focus on helping local communities and the environment across the world, will fulfill coffee needs. Different teas will also be available. Baristas are eager to meet and exceed beverage needs. And if you’re looking for something to cool you off lemonade and Coke products can also be purchased.
Quiche, salad, and sandwich offerings will fill customers just enough to make ending with a sweet treat acceptable. When the weather cools patrons will be able to warm up with soup.
More Than Food
There will be four or five employees to start greeting customers, preparing drinks, and serving food. Barista Haley Bogear brings her experience to the team. Dlouhy’s daughter Annelyse is also part of the crew making the business a family affair. Husband and dad Kimball is also supportive and encouraging of the venture, supporting his wife’s dream.
There are artisan soaps, consigned art, bags of coffee and other crafty items displayed in the store which can be purchased. A sensation with local roots, The Canning Diva’s book can also be bought.
The friendly and cozy atmosphere at Sweet Seasons is welcoming. Stop by, grab a bite to eat, and do some work. Meet a friend to chat and catch up. Plan a book club meeting at the location. The space is also available for rent for special events such as wedding or baby showers. And of course items can be prepared for those on the go. “I hope to bring a sense of community and a gathering place where everyone will feel at home. It’s been redecorated with a fresh new look and we’re excited for people to have a place to meet and enjoy our baked goods and coffee.” says Dlouhy.
Stop by Sweet Seasons and welcome them to Main Street. After a soft opening this week doors will officially open Monday, June 19. Hours will be Monday through Friday 6am-4:30pm and Saturday 7am-2:30pm. Be sure to like their Facebook page for additional information.