Move to downtown location puts Sweetheart Cakes among tenants in renovated Port landmark
Sweetheart Cakes, which has been a Grand Avenue stop for people with a sweet tooth for the past 13 years, will be moving to the first floor of the Boerner Mercantile Building in downtown Port Washington.
Owner Susan Bice said Tuesday that she is excited about the move, which will allow her to expand her offerings while continuing to serve her core clients.
“The building we’re in now is just not adequate for our needs,” she said. “We’re going to stick with the things everyone likes, but I’ve got some new ideas I want to try, and we’ll have the space there.
“Our niche is decorated cakes and specialty cakes, and that will continue.”
Sweetheart Cakes is moving into the northern portion of the Boerner Building at 211 N. Franklin St., which also houses a variety of offices.
Bice said she plans to add a line of sandwiches to her offerings, providing other tenants as well as downtown workers and visitor with another lunchtime option.
It’s a natural outgrowth for the business, she said, adding, “We make the bread, and we already do hot ham and rolls on Sundays.”
Bice said she and building owner Daniel Ewig share a vision for the business.
“What I planned on doing and what he wanted to see were pretty much the same,” she said. “He wanted someone there who would represent the quality of the building.”
The building, Bice added, “is gorgeous. It’s designed with a 1900s feel. It’s the kind of look I envision for my business.”
Bice said she’s not sure when the business will move, noting construction is still being done on her new space.
The southern storefront in the Boerner Building is not yet rented, but the remainder of the spaces in the building are largely spoken for.
A number of tenants have already moved into the second floor, which is split into two spaces.
The Boerner Mercantile Studios have become home to a number of small businesses. Virtually all of the 12 available offices there leased, as are some cubicle spaces.
The other half of the second floor is occupied by Lake Financial Group, which moved in last week.
The third floor of the building, which won’t be occupied until late this year, will become home to Kuttner LLC.
The firm is currently located at 1329 W. Grand Ave.
“We really appreciate being in Port Washington,” Kuttner President Robert Fechner said. “We see how Franklin Street is reviving with the new shops. There is a nice, new atmosphere and we wanted to be part of that.
“Dan did a great job bringing it back to the old beauty.”
The building offers the firm enough room to expand, he added.
Image Information: SUSAN BICE (left), owner of Sweetheart Cakes, has announced plans to move the Port Washington business from its longtime Grand Avenue location to the first floor of the Boerner Mercantile Building downtown. The bakery will join a growing list of tenants in the renovated building. Ozaukee Press file photos