by Lisa Tome
Monique Walker found a need and now she's filling it.
With butter cream, chocolate, and her homemade banana pudding.
Walker, 28, of Middletown, Delaware, opened Sweets & Treats Bakery in downtown Elkton in July. Walker had worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Opening a bakery is the culmination of a dream.
"I've been thinking about it for years," said Walker, who learned about cake decorating by taking classes at a craft store. She had been doing baking from home, filling orders for custom cakes and cupcakes. She learned to work with fondant by watching youtube.com.
In the North Street shop, she is offering up chocolate covered Oreos and strawberries, custom cakes, banana pudding, milkshakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, muffins, cake pops, cinnamon rolls, pies, and more. She also sells breakfast and lunch sandwiches.
It is very much a family atmosphere. The staff includes her family members Raynetta Gorham, Nichole Sherrill, and Cyan Gorham. Walker's husband, Michael, helped renovate the building. "He helps me with everything. He helps set up and clean up and makes trips to the store," Walker said.
Walker said that already some items appear to be local favorites. The banana pudding, strawberry milkshake cupcakes, salted caramel cupcakes, and Reese's cupcakes have been flying off the shelves. "I like the kitchen creativity. I like being creative and decorating," said Walker.
For lunch, there are chicken salad, BLT, egg salad, tuna, and other sandwiches. Breakfast sandwiches were added to the menu beginning this week. She is also offering Starbucks coffee, either hot or iced.
If she needs help, Walker knows where to go. Her business is across the street from the Elkton Chamber/Alliance. "I had a lot of help from Mary Jo (Jablonski). If anyone is starting a business, go to her. She's really nice," said Walker. "For the past two years, I have been looking for a place (to open). We did a tour and I found this."
She has also been made to feel welcome. A customer brought handpainted vases for each of the bakery tables as a welcome gift.
Sweets & Treats Bakery is located at 105 North Street, Elkton. They also sell dog treats. The store is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The bakery is closed Sundays. The phone number is 443-350-9027.