There’s a sweet little shop that recently opened and is on the rise.
Sugar Mom Treats in Western Springs was opened in March by Cindy Henning at the corner of Wolf and Hillgrove.
Henning greets each consumer with a bright smile. Being a mother herself, she really focuses on having a kid-friendly atmosphere.
“I’m from a small town,” Henning said, “and Western Springs and La Grange just reminds me of home; the small-town feel mixed with nice people around. I just like the feel of it.”
Another reason Sugar Mom Treats is unique is because of the local feel of the place. Henning is a big believer in supporting others within the community.
“It’s just amazing, you look around and you hear about everyone’s hobbies or their skills, and so I thought if I had my own place wouldn’t that be great if I could have them showcase their stuff in my shop,” she said.
Chicago roaster Metropolis Coffee is sold there. Henning also has a friend who makes meat rub that Henning promotes, and she gets her ingredients from local vendors. Even the artwork hanging on the walls is done by a local stay-at-home mom who does photography on the side. The artwork is also available for purchase.
“I’m just trying to keep it as local as I can get it,” Henning said.
Although Henning likes to keep everything local, her baked goods are focused on a French characteristic. She was always drawn to anything French, she explained. She took her passion for all things French and her love for baking and got her degree from L’Art de la Patisserie from the French Pastry School.
“Although we don’t do all things French, I try to piece it in as I can,” she said.
As the business grows, she is going to try to add more French pastries to her menu.
A must have is Henning’s French macaroons, but they tend to sell out by the afternoon. Another big hit at Sugar Mom’s is Henning’s homemade granola bars.
“It’s funny, I sort of did it as I just looked at my ingredients I had for the day one time and thought, ‘OK I’ll make granola,’” she recalled. “I made it and everyone keeps coming in for that.”
Sugar Mom Treats also offers a quick and simple lunch menu. The options range from a simple salad to a couple of different sandwich selections. Henning plans to introduce quiches, another French menu item. She explained this gives more options for the community.
Sugar Mom Treats also offers decorating classes for children.
“As a mom, I know how hard it is to keep kids occupied, especially in the summer,” Henning said.
It is a series of classes; the first week is decorating cupcakes, the next week is decorating cookies and the next week the kids get to decorate a three-tier cake.
“It’s fun, we just kind of make a big mess,” Henning laughed.
For an hour, kids get the chance to get their hands dirty and decorate sweets and take it home, and the shop stays open to customers.
The space can also be rented out, Henning said. She’s had birthday parties and baby showers during off-hours. She likes to have the space utilized any way she can. She’d eventually like to rent out the kitchen.
“If I don’t use the kitchen on off-hours, I’m happy to help out someone who is trying to start a business,” she said. “Like I said, there are a ton of people who have different talents and you never know if they need help.”
When asked if Sugar Mom Treats would ever expand, Henning was hopeful. She said that they’re still trying to get their footing a little bit by tweaking things here and there as they go, but it’s definitely a possibility.