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Sweet Annie's Bakery Moving To Homewood

The new location will be in the former Thai Rickshaw building in downtown Homewood.

Anne “Sweet Annie” Aboushousha spent all day Jan. 10 tracking around town, going from business to business to personally announce her decision to move Sweet Annie’s Bakery to 18102 Martin Avenue in Homewood, the former location of Thai Rickshaw.

She also went to Twisted Q BBQ and Bakery on Ridge Road to break the news herself. “I really wanted to tell the people I care about directly,” Aboushousha said. “It was important for me to do that. I was really nervous.”

Aboushousha made the snap decision last week, but it’s been two years since she realized some sort of transition was inevitable.

“I was getting panic attacks when it gets really busy in the shop,” Aboushousha said.

And then there is the matter of parking. Aboushousha recently spoke on behalf of downtown Flossmoor business parking policy reform at a village meeting. According to her, Sweet Annie’s loses an hour of productivity every day, due to employees needing to move their cars around. Not to mention the frequent parking fines.

Still, Aboushousha is torn between overwhelming excitement and profuse remorse. Thrilled to expand her business but deeply saddened to leave the Flossmoor business community she loves—especially the kids who come in after school for snacks. But she takes solace in knowing she’s only a stone’s throw from her old customers and hometown.

“I really didn’t want to leave Homewood-Flossmoor,” Aboushousha said. “We are staying in our wonderful, charming community. We’ll never leave—it’s Homewood-Flossmoor!” 

And there’s a sweet consolation for those saddened by Sweet Annie’s departure. Aboushousha says she’ll be increasing her product line and introducing exciting new snacks. One of the most exciting features of her new location, which is three times bigger, is a temperature controlled chocolate-making room. Sweet Annie’s pastry chef, Matt Pope, is also a chocolatier. He plans to create his new brand of hyper-gourmet chocolate, called "Elixer," within the shop.

When Sweets Collide

Local gourmet cake designer Karen Scobbie will also be moving her business in with Sweet Annie’s, from the upstairs floor of Mama & Me Pizzeria. Scobbie has been featured on multiple television shows for her cake-decorating prowess.

Aboushousha says she anticipates the move to happen sometime near the end of February or early March. 

"We're very excited (for Sweet Annie's to move in)," Homewood Community Development Director Paula Wallrich said. "She's a wonderful lady."

And the new location, she says, has plenty of parking spaces specifically reserved for employees.

Chip January 14, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I'm sorry that you overlooked the fact that Annie's popularity and growth warrant a larger space and expanded business model. You really should try one of her delicious baked goods. I'm sorry that you don't see the benefit in cheaper rent and that, in combination with my first point, you think this merely has to do with the parking situation. But, if that's what you want to focus on... I'm sorry you think the mayor's years-long promise to do something about the parking situation for employees of the downtown area is so complicated (how hard is it to issue employee parking permits for the downtown area or on nearby residential streets - where they were already parking?) that it's still acceptable to issue these employees tickets that essentially wipe out their day's pay. I'm sorry that you think the mayor's promise to take care of those tickets and then subsequently renege on that promise is characteristic of a mayor with integrity and commitment to sustaining these local businesses. I am, however, not sorry that you have encouraged me to respond to this thread knowing that Mr. Braun has been reading these posts and is still in awe that he is not perceived as being business-friendly by these entrepreneurs. Maybe it's time for action, eh Paul?
William L January 16, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Chip -- I never said it was a parking issue.. That was implied as part of the decision to move in the fifth paragraph. I also did not say that cheaper rent was an issue. ( It was never mentioned is it was cheaper per square foot) I understand the need to expand due to business need.
Juvenal January 16, 2013 at 06:57 PM
You denigrated the parking situation in the first sentence of your post, and then took the position that former officials should never speak out on issues affecting Flossmoor. You are clearly an apologist for the "do nothing" school (we have limited parking, what can we do?) What you can do is allow street permit parking, or pave over the eyesore on Flossmoor Avenue and allow parking there. Hell, you can build a municipal garage. I'm sure there are many other solutions. Or... you can do nothing and watch all the businesses move out; then there will be plenty of parking in downtown Flossmoor.....
37 yrs & counting January 16, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Great News... 2 Annie's both in good locations for me.
Ve January 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM
I'm sorry, William, that you are so dense you can't actually see the problems that forced Annie to move to another location. It is truly hard being you.

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