The sisters closed their original Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe near Central and Oliver in January after struggling financially and with service issues for three years.
“I learned from our mistakes the first time,” Kelli Sykes says.
“My sisters kind of gave up (and) wanted to pursue their dreams, but I still wanted to do a bakery,” she says.
“In high school I went to Kapaun, and everyone called me Betty Crocker (and) Mom. They all wanted me to open a bakery. That’s kind of where my dream started.”
The new business will be in 1,200 square feet at 917 W. Douglas just down from Club Billiards.
Joey Ritchie and Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.
Sugar Sisters mainly will be a bakery but will have some lunch items as well and seating for about 10.
Sykes says her bierocks will be a staple.
“Anyone who’s had them has been instantly addicted.”
She’ll also serve chicken salad, quiche and some deli items such as cold pasta.
Since the other business closed, Sykes says she’s been doing special orders and has been receiving great feedback.
For instance, one drug rep orders about 100 cupcakes a week.
“She says every time she takes them somewhere people go crazy,” Sykes says. She says fans of the restaurant have “been going nuts since we closed.”
For those who weren’t fans or were disappointed by a previous experience, Sykes says, “I would invite them to give me another chance.”
She hopes they “just come up to me personally and tell me what happened last time, and if they would give me a chance, I would like to make it up somehow and make them a fan.”
Baking is her passion, Sykes says, but people are, too.
“I love making people happy.”
To that end, Sykes says, “I want to hire, like, homemaker-type moms.”
She thinks that will help with customer service.
Sykes plans to open by Thanksgiving.
“I’ve just got big plans and big dreams, and I plan to be around a very long time.”