Oh, for sweet: New Woodbury bakery spreads the 'Love'
Her love for food and cooking took her on a journey through culinary school and various area restaurants.
Her love for pastries and baking took her across the Atlantic Ocean on an internship in Paris, later inspiring her to open up her own French-influenced bakery.
Lymarie Jimenez will soon open “Sugar Love Bakery,” bringing some Parisian treats to Tamarack Hills in Woodbury.
Jimenez already has a kitchen in St. Paul, but she always wanted to open up her own retail shop and fill it with a variety of homemade pastries, cakes and pies.
Everything will be made fresh and served in individual pieces, even the pies, rather than making large batches of everything and ending up freezing them, she said.
It’s surprising how often bakeries use mixes and ready-made items and passing them down as their own recipes, something Jimenez said she will avoid at all costs.
Sugar Love Bakery will be stocked with small batches on purpose, so that everything is made fresh daily.
“If they can do it in France, there is no reason why I can’t do it here,” she said, adding, “I just think there is a lot more integrity to it.”
Every single piece will be made from scratch, “down to the graham cracker crust and marshmallows,” she said.
Sugar Love Bakery is currently under construction with a tentative opening date in mid-December.
Jimenez is aiming for a laid-back atmosphere as opposed to fancy décor that may turn people off.
“But the pastries are going to look amazing,” she said. “I want the pastries to speak for themselves.”
The bakery will accommodate seating for about 20 to 25 patrons with menu options including coffee and beverages, traditional cupcakes like vanilla, chocolate and red velvet and mini pies depending on the season.
Jimenez said she’ll choose from hundreds of recipes that she’s developed and mastered over the years, including her favorite French chocolate mousse, to serve at Sugar Love.
The bakery will open at 7 a.m. daily and will be stocked with morning cravings like muffins, cinnamon rolls and pound cakes.
After that the refrigerated items will come out, with tarts and cupcakes in addition to cookies and brownies.
Sugar Love plans to reach out to schools, churches and local city government to offer discounts and get involved in volunteer opportunities.
“We don’t want to just be a business in Woodbury,” Jimenez said. “We want to make sure the community embraces us.”