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eine Bayoc, a baker in St. Louis, grew up frying chicken and making cookies in her mother’s kitchen. She never dreamed she would actually start her own bakery one day. Reine and her husband, Cbabi, own SweetArt, a bakeshop and art gallery in the Tower Grove neighborhood. Cbabi hangs his paintings on the walls while Reine fills the display cases with cookies and cupcakes.

Starting Small

Reine grew up in Tennessee with three brothers. None of them were ever in the kitchen, so when Reine wanted time alone with her mother that’s where she headed. “I was always fascinated with putting things together,” Reine says. “It doesn’t sound by any means fancy, but I love seeing separate ingredients turn into something delicious.” Years later, as Reine stood in her own kitchen making treats to satisfy Cbabi’s sweet tooth, memories of her mother’s kitchen came back to her.

SWEETART

“I just really enjoyed baking things from scratch,” Reine says. “It kind of reminded me when I was younger with my mom and would make dinner, or she would make these fantastic peanut butter cookies.” Although Reine loved to be in the kitchen baking for her family, she spent her days working cubicle jobs. Reine says the jobs were not horrible, just monotonous. One day, after tasting one of Reine’s homemade chocolate chip chunk cookies, her brother Germaine thought she could sell them. He took some of the cookies to work, sold them and soon his coworkers were seeking him out, asking what Reine was baking. That’s how Reine’s customer base grew from friends and family to local customers. She began selling her baked goods at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market, and she even had the guts to ask if Straub’s, a gourmet grocery store in St. Louis, would try her cookies. Reine’s baked goods soon started showing up on their shelves.

SweetArt doubles as both a bakery and art gallery where Cbabi Bayoc’s paintings decorate the wall.

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