Whoever says you can’t mix business and pleasure has not heard of the Sweet Retreat in Findlay. The delicious haven, situated across from the Emory Adams soccer field is proving that it’s possible to be business partners, roommates and the makers of divine cupcakes all at the same time.
Denise Pritt and Erin Clegg met while volunteering at Echo Ranch Bible Camp in Alaska in 2004 and formed a friendship. After eight years of travelling to the Last Frontier to spend their summers as a nurse and camp counselor, respectively, Erin decided to move to Findlay and live with Denise and her roommates. As Denise continued to work as a registered nurse at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Erin began substitute teaching in Findlay City Schools. They both fell into a routine and after several years, they decided that their schedule had become too humdrum. “We needed a hobby,” says Denise. Their interests led them to a cake-decorating class at Hobby Lobby. Denise already had a passion for decorating cakes, Erin however, was in unfamiliar territory. “I would rather decorate cupcakes because they are a lot smaller than a whole cake,” she says. They continued to experiment and soon found that they were onto something. “I took the cupcakes to the schools I was subbing at and put them in the teacher’s lounge,” Erin says. “And by the end of the day, they were always gone.” What started out as a hobby has turned into something much bigger. “We didn’t imagine this,” Denise says. “And it’s still growing.”
Now, the owners are busy making creations that taste as good as they look. The Sweet Retreat also has concession-style sandwiches, soups, and ice cream. From the Birthday Cake, to more imaginative flavors like Caramel Mocha or Almond Cranberry, Denise and Erin have proved their work to be an art. With different flavors available each week, customers come back to taste the next cupcake. Since opening in April 2012, Denise and Erin are well on their way to making The Sweet Retreat the “cupcake shop staple” in Findlay.
Hours: Tuesday- Friday, 2-8 pm; Saturday, 10am- 7pm; Sunday, 1-6pm. 1600 S. Blanchard St. Findlay. 419-423-CAKE (2253). Visit thesweetretreatfindlay.com to see their creations.