You’ll find everything from three-layered wedding cakes to delicious pies, puddings, and cupcakes at Syroya’s Bakery on Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence. Like many small business owners starting out, Syroya Eugene was inspired by a family member. “I started baking as a hobby about 10 years ago,” says Eugene. “I always admired watching my grandmother bake for the family from scratch, so when my youngest son turned one, I was determined to bake a special cake for his first birthday completely from scratch.”
Eugene began baking for family and friends and in 2015, she joined Hope & Main, the culinary industry incubator in Warren. Before long, she was serving cheesecake and more out of a studio in Pawtucket before opening in North Providence last fall. Look for the menu to expand in the new year. “I will be offering more items like fresh baked bread and coffee starting in January, and I look forward to being able to continue to provide all of Rhode Island delicious and freshly baked desserts.” SyroyasBakery.com
Morgan Gray originally founded Whisk Me Away in 2017 as a blog before over time, and many kitchens later, growing it into a full bakery and retail space. Whisk specializes in wedding and birthday cakes, as well as popular bakery items like cinnamon buns, donuts, bagels, cake jars, and biscuits.
The Whisk team recently moved into a new bakehouse at 400 Harris Avenue, Unit G in the West End. “We offer cakes and desserts for order for any occasion, and are open with our weekly bakeshop menu on the weekends,” says Gray. Plans to enlarge the space are underway. “As we build out our front of house, we will expand into full bakery retail through the week and on weekends.” With a menu that varies throughout the year, order soon before Gray’s inventive snacks – like jumbo funfetti cake batter cookie; spicy bacon, asiago, and chive biscuit; and fudgy Oreo cheesecake brownie – disappear. WhiskMeAwayRI.Square.Site
Pickle lovers rejoice: Rhode Island’s specialty pickle maker is expanding with a new production facility in Coventry, and there’s a lot to relish. Pickily products can be found in over 50 stores in southern New England, including Farm Fresh RI and Urban Greens Food Co-op in Providence.
“I've been making pickles since I was a little kid with my grandmother, and over the years, I started making all sorts of different pickled vegetables,” shares owner Sam Chesebrough. “At some point I realized that I wasn't seeing anything similar in grocery stores and felt like there was an opening in the market for a product like Pickily.”
The company started up in 2019 at Hope & Main and has grown into a four-person operation which produces a line of veggies ranging from cucumbers to beets. “Our brine is more sour than sweet and is made using only simple, clean ingredients,” says Chesebrough. “We've come a long way already but think that we are ultimately at the early stages of what Pickily can become.” Pickily.com
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