|Photo by Kevin Korinek|
|The co-owners of SugarBot, Jackie Lynch and Mark Huebbe.|
In 2012, Jackie Lynch was working as a marketer and feeling largely unfulfilled. So she started pursuing her hobby of making homemade ice cream, cupcakes, and pie. "People would always tell me I should be doing this, 'Why aren't you doing this?' And I just never saw myself there," she says. But that began to change, and a year later, she left her full-time job to pursue a specialized degree from St. Louis Community College in baking and pastry.
Now Lynch and her boyfriend, Mark Huebbe, are opening their own pastry shop, SugarBot Sweet-Shop, at 433 Jackson Street in the heart of St. Charles city. The fare will consist of childhood treats the way you remember them, only better: from-scratch sugar cookies, Rice Krispie treats, drop cookies, cupcakes, hand pies and more. Eventually, Lynch plans to offer a menu of scratch-made ice creams and craft sodas.
They hope to be open by late summer.
"I've been planning this since I was 16. It's what I've always wanted to do, but I never thought it could be a profitable thing," she says.More »