Sips and Sweets gaining ground thanks to community support Krista Brazel, owner of Sips & Sweets Café, 1 Riverside Rd., Riverside, opened her bakery and coffee house nearly a year ago. Brazel lost her job due to the pandemic in 2020 and in the face of considerable uncertainty, she harnessed her entrepreneurial spirit and formulated plans to start her own businesses.
Brazel sold hot chocolate bombs and cinnamon rolls out of her car to 2,000 loyal Facebook followers before finding her way to a brick storefront in the center of the quaint village. The prospect of heavy foot traffic and convenient placement next to the downtown train station drew the Westchester resident to Riverside where she fell in love with the town’s charm and authentic sense of community. Brazel proudly set up shop in the circa 1870 Arcade Building. The oldest commercial building in Riverside is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“This is a place where kids go after school, a place where moms and dads spend their mornings,” said Brazel. “We are proud to be a part of the community.”
When guests walk through the doors of Sips and Sweets, they can expect an assortment of from scratch treats ranging from cookies and cupcakes to toaster-inspired pastries. Coffee drinks, quick breads, breakfast sandwiches, and specialty sandwiches round out the menu. Expect the sandwiches to be named after local streets. “The Parkway” features turkey and Swiss while “The Forest” is a vegetarian offering brimming with avocado. A weekly rotation of soups, including chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar and chili offer a fine way to warm up on a cold day.
The shop’s flagship cinnamon rolls are also a customer favorite. The indulgent and labor-intensive rolls are topped with a mouth-watering buttercream and best served warm. Sips and Sweets is packaging “take and warm” and “take and bake” cinnamon rolls for holiday pre-order. Brazel is promising to add to the bounty of your Thanksgiving feast by offering house-made honey crisp apple pies and chocolate bourbon pies (made with Quincy Street Distillery bourbon) as part of their holiday menu.
In addition to satisfying your holiday dessert needs, Sips and Sweets has launched a Friday dinner program designed to rescue busy families at the end of a hectic work week. Expect menu selections to include Bohemian pork, potato dumplings and sweet and sour cabbage, chicken teriyaki with rice and sautéed peppers, and linguine Bolognese with garlic bread. Sips and Sweets Friday dinners can be pre-ordered and picked up hot on Friday evenings.
Sips and Sweets Cafe
1 Riverside Rd, Riverside