Jessica Curry – along with her husband, Kip Curry, Jr. − is working hard remodeling the space for her new bakery, Sweetenville, located on Washington Street across from Tarleton.
She says her love for baking is all the fault of an Easy Bake Oven when she was a little girl.
“I definitely blame it on that Easy Bake Oven. I would round up the girls in the neighborhood and say, ‘Come on over. We’re gonna bake a cake!’ and we’d spend the day doing that,” she says with a big grin.
Curry’s taken a circuitous route to this business, which she expects to open the first week in August. She earned her M.A. in Ag and Consumer Science at Tarleton, taught there, and has been a doctoral candidate at TSU, as well, but left that to pursue her life-long dream of owning and running a bakery.
Kip is also a TSU Texan and they met and fell in love while students there. She laughs and says, “We bleed purple; that simple.”
She and Kip have a one-year-old daughter, Payson, so doing the remodel on the former apartment rental space at 1350 W. Washington across the street from Tarleton - next to Bostock’s and Big O’s - is a bit of a balancing act, but she feels it’s more than worth it.
“We’re slowly getting it done. It’s been a lot of nights and weekends, but it’s coming together. It will be a full-service bakery, something I think Stephenville really needs. Bread, cakes, cookies, catering, the whole thing, including muffins. I love muffins. I’m really excited about it,” she says.
“It’s something I always wanted to do and finally Kip said I should just go for it, so we are and I am really happy to have the chance to do what I love. Not everybody gets to do that.”
Asked about the name, Sweetenville, Curry says, “I love to play with words and when that came to me, I knew that was it. And the space across from Tarleton is perfect.
“I haven’t met Oliver at Big O’s yet because we work on the remodel after hours mostly, but I hear nothing but good about him and his place and I’m looking forward to meeting him and being in the same building.”
She adds, “We’re shooting for opening in August, in time for Tarleton students coming back to school. We’re members of the Chamber of Commerce and we’ll have a ribbon cutting and a big grand opening then.”
But you don’t have to wait to sample Curry’s delights; she’s open for business at home at the present.
You can visit her website at www.sweetenville.com where you’ll find the menu and prices, or find her on Facebook and Instagram. To reach her by phone, call 817-223-2744.