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Posted on June 19, 2018 at 4:53 PM by Beth Shumate
By Chloe Lewis
UT Arlington PR student
Five years ago, two best friends decided to make their dreams come true and bring something sweet to McKinney …and McKinney’s Sweet Spot was born. Owner Kathy White and baker extraordinaire Elizabeth Farmer chose to mix their talents, share their passion for delicious treats, and create specialty items that would cater to a
variety of sweet tooth cravings.
Now five years later, what started off as just a cute little bakery has blossomed into a place to view great art and listen to live music while relaxing and enjoying good sweets, good food, and good company.
Like many of the restaurants and shops in McKinney, Sweet Spot is a locally-owned business (and woman-owned, to boot!)looking to add something sweet to the town’s residents and guests. Kathy, a single mother of one son, spent 17 years in the
corporate world. One day she realized she had enough of corporate life and wanted to follow her dreams of owning her own business. She called her lifelong friend Elizabeth, and they both decided to take a chance and open a bakery.
Kathy and her son both grew up in McKinney, so for them, their hometown was the perfect place to start this fun and exciting new chapter in their lives. Elizabeth, a San Antonio native, moved her husband and five children up to McKinney to enter into this venture with her friend. She is extremely passionate about baking and loves what she does.
“Elizabeth is still the awesome baker she’s always been,” Kathy said about her friend.
The Sweets and Treats
When the Sweet Spot first opened, Kathy and Elizabeth realized they could provide so much more for their guests. In addition to cupcakes, ice cream, and baked sweets, they quickly expanded their menu to include breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, and coffee.
Their most popular offering would have to be their special-order cakes for any occasion from birthdays and weddings to award ceremonies and bachelorette parties. A favorite with customers would have to be their delicious cupcakes, available in regular size and mini. (And if you’re lucky, you might score some day-old cupcakes – every bit as delicious - for half price!)
Each day, a different Sweet Spot favorite is available from their specials board, and if Elizabeth is feeling inspired, there will be a new flavor to enjoy as well. They also have many gluten free options that will prompt you to pose the question, “Can this truly be gluten free?” … they’re just that good.
Walking into the Sweet Spot, customers’ senses are not just teased by the aromas of sugar, spices and everything nice; they are also treated with viewing close-up some of McKinney’s wonderful art works. Kathy loves art, so when she decided to open the bakery, she knew she wanted to create an environment that welcomed locals to display their art. Sweet Spot doesn’t get a commission from the art because she is all about the artists and the customers.
In addition to treats and art, the Sweet Spot is also known for their live music. Kathy has always been a huge fan of music, having been a country singer herself prior to opening the bakery. She says music has always been apart her life so why not incorporate it into her business? Plus, the locals love it, and it creates an atmosphere where people enjoy hanging out. Now that the shop has reopened with its fresh face, Kathy plans to create a live music summer schedule to have local artists come out and play, in addition to being open every second Saturday.
Pardon Our Mess
Anyone wishing to satisfy their sweet tooth at the shop recently might have been more than a little disappointed since the shop was closed for renovations. Major renovations began in early March of this year when the building’s owners of 70 years decided that the building itself need a facelift. They wanted to update the foundation, the pipes and a few other things to allow the building to be a safer space to enjoy all that the Sweet Spot has to offer … for a long time to come. The front of the building was torn off, which took with it half of the clever mural on the west side of the building, the whimsically-depicted history of coffee. The construction crew was able to save the north half of the mural, the part with the googly-eyed goats. (See the progression of the remodel at right, from top to bottom - old front, mid-construction and the beautiful new storefront.)
Happy Anniversary, Happy Re-Opening!
Kathy was hoping to re-open in time for the shop's official fifth anniversary on May 4, but the job proved to be a little more intensive. No matter! The closed status of the shop didn’t mean their day-to-day business had to come to a halt. They still had existing orders to fill and new ones to take and fulfill as well.
Finally, on June 15 (2018), the shop celebrated the completion of the project with a grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
“We are happy to have the Sweet Spot as a part of McKinney’s restaurant life,” Kathy said, happy to have the fresh new storefront complete. “It’s the same friendly place, just with a brand new face!”