Small business spotlight: Brown Sugar Bakery hits the sweet spot between homey and gourmet

Brown Sugar Bakery

“Some people talk about passion,” said Stephanie Hart, owner of Brown Sugar Bakery on East 75th Street in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, “I’m about discipline.”

That nose-to-the-grindstone practicality has helped Hart establish the go-to place for sweet treats on the city’s Southside and a bakery known throughout the city for its delicious cakes and confections. Even Vice President Kamala Harris knew to grab dessert there when she was in town two years ago.

The bakery offers pies, cobblers, cookies, cupcakes, puddings, chocolates, and more in addition to cakes. Customers can make in-house purchases and place orders through the bakery’s website for local delivery, pickup, or nationwide shipping. Cakes also ship nationwide through the Goldbelly and Tastes of Chicago websites.

Brown Sugar’s most popular dessert is a decadent caramel cake, and Hart’s personal favorite is the pineapple coconut cake. Vice President Harris had the German chocolate cake and received caramel, lemon, and strawberry cupcakes to take home.

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This story was first published by UChicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

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