Sweeties Gourmet Treats Opens Location on Pendleton Pike
Writer / Julie Yates Photographer / Robby Berry
For the last 10 years, Sweeties Gourmet Treats has provided the Indianapolis area with scrumptious baked treats and innovative cake designs. Known for its strawberry cheesecake and brown butter cupcakes dripping with caramel, the business is truly a family endeavor. Owners Tiffany and Rosevelt Colvin recently opened a new location on Pendleton Pike, which will replace their Broad Ripple site.
“We were unable to renew our lease at the Broad Ripple building, and we had been thinking of opening a location on the east side,” Tiffany Colvin says. “With the pandemic, we wanted to be able to reach more people. It’s been great ever since we opened it. We’ve been slammed, but it’s a good slam.”
The Colvins originally opened Sweeties Gourmet Treats in October of 2009 after Rosevelt retired from the National Football League. He was initially drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1999, and the couple lived in Chicago and later Massachusetts when he played for the New England Patriots. When they returned home to Indiana, they fulfilled Tiffany’s mother’s longtime wish to open a bakery.
“I learned to bake from my mom,” she says. “She taught me everything. She always wanted a storefront of her own, but couldn’t do it by herself. When we moved back to Indy, I took some classes and learned to decorate. I also hired a great team and we opened the first Sweeties Gourmet Treats in Broad Ripple. My youngest child was only 3 years old when we started the shop. It was difficult but we made it work. Around five years later, we moved down the street to be closer to Keystone Avenue. Today, our main location is in Fishers and my mom is there baking every day. Baked goods are transported from there to the Pendleton Pike location.”
When customers enter the shop, they have a lot of delicious decisions to make. People also have the option to order online and either pick up their purchases or have them delivered. Cupcakes are $3.25 each, while specialty varieties such as sweet potato and caramel apple are $3.75. Brownies and bars run between $2.65 for a lemon bar to $3.25 for a turtle brownie. Also offered are $1.75 cookies, $2.25 cake pops, individual 5” pies for $5.50, and cheesecakes for $8.25.
The custom cake designs crafted by Sweeties Gourmet Treats are incredibly detailed. The cost is $120 and up for a one-of-a-kind, unique and personalized cake for occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. Examples include cakes that look like an actual designer purse, a stack of books or a retirement watch.
“Customers tell us what they want and we create it,” Colvin says. “Sometimes they come in with photos. We like out-of-the-box things. We try to be different from everyone else in Indy by putting our Sweeties twist on it.”
When asked what advice she would give to someone opening a business, Colvin has a couple pointers.
“Just make sure to do a lot of research,” she says. “Perhaps even work for another similar business. If it is your dream, go for it.”
Sweeties Gourmet Treats is located at 10930 Pendleton Pike, Suite 103 in Indianapolis. For more info, call 317-602-3999 and visit SweetiesGT.com.