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Sugar and Spice is everything nice

Newly opened bakery enjoying early success

Brege Von Bleicken prepares a tasty dessert at the newly opened Sugar and Spice, which sells baked goods, gift baskets, chocolates, and specialty cooking items. Longtime business owner Kim Lofgren owns the establishment. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
May 23, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Kim Lofgren has spent the last few weeks making final preparations for Friday's grand opening of Sugar and Spice, an eclectic new business that will appeal to residents who enjoy cooking, baking, and delicious desserts.

Located in the same building as Kaizen Restaurant (479 Main St.), Sugar and Spice is both a bakery and a retail business owned by Lofgren, whose family members were the original owners of the Whistling Swan. Lofgren opened up the Red Rooster Café in 2003, then moved on to a Worcester bakery before deciding to operate another business in Sturbridge.

"I will be selling baked goods, gift baskets, and several different kinds of food," Lofgren said. "Sugar and Spice is also a great place for people who are looking for specialized cooking products and other items that are hard to find."

Friday's grand opening was a culmination of several months of planning and preparatory work, as the building needed to be renovated to allow customers enough room to order baked goods and browse the store for other items. In addition to a showroom featuring a wide assortment of items, Sugar and Spice also offers guests a small dining area where they can enjoy their treats.

The preparations weren't limited to renovating the building. Lofgren obtained a common victualler's license from the Board of Selectmen at a meeting last month, and she also had the building certified by the Board of Health.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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