Brown Sugar Bakery Eyes Expansion on Western Avenue

Stephanie Hart acquired the former Cupids Candies factory in 2020; a grant will help her bring operations up to full capacity.
Brown Sugar Bakery Eyes Expansion on Western Avenue
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Brown Sugar Bakery, the sweets brand from Stephanie Hart, will expand production at the former Cupids Candies factory, reports Block Club Chicago. Hart was the recent recipient of a We Rise Together grant, a program funded by the Chicago Community Trust that aims to build and support investments in Black and Latino communities.

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Hart acquired the former Cupids Candies Factory back in 2020. With the grant, Hart intends to renovate the site, which dates back to 1936, in order to expand production of her own candy line, Brown Sugar Life is Sweet.

Block Club Chicago reports Hart will work toward renovating the kitchen with plans to bake her cakes at the factory. Other work areas include the factory’s roof, electrical system, and ventilation system. Hart hopes to complete the renovations by October.

Brown Sugar Bakery operates three locations and is described as serving up “Award Winning & Dangerously Delicious Southern Style cakes & desserts.”

To learn more about those flavors, find Brown Sugar Bakery online.

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Eve Payne

Eve Payne is a freelance writer with an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. In 2019, she received the Leonard Brown Prize for her poetry, which has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, Nashville Review, and RHINO.
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