Friends form a sweet partnership at the new Salmon Arm bakery and cafe

Life is sweet for Jen Fowler and Gabriela Schoch.

The two operate Sweet Leaf Bakery & Cafe, which opened in Piccadilly Mall on November 22. The business was inspired by Fowler’s bakery.

Schoch explained that she and Fowler worked together before opening Sweet Leaf.

“Jen would come up with fabulous baking all the time and we were eating this and one day we basically said we should open a bakery…” Schoch said. “Her baking of hers is too good to hide from the public and there was a huge demand and we started doing our homework.”

The two wanted to open a bakery in downtown Salmon Arm, but a place was not available. Space was available at the mall, and with Starbucks closing its mall store to move to the other side of Highway 1, Schoch and Fowler saw an opportunity for a bakery/coffee shop.

The investigation for the Bakery Café involved visits to similar establishments in Kelowna. Schoch and Fowler settled on a European-style bakery with unique offerings.

“We tried to stay away from what everyone else had, not to go into cakes, not to go into cinnamon buns,” Schoch said.

A photographer at Shuswap for 15 years, Fowler was ready for the transition, explaining that she is a self-taught baker who is in her comfort zone when in the kitchen.

“I think there were always little waves of ‘What are we doing?’” Fowler said of the new venture. “But I think we’ve always been excited about adventure and it’s something our community needs.”

Schoch and Fowler strive to use fresh, locally sourced ingredients for the cafeteria and Fowler’s delicious creations, including everything from cookies, cupcakes, muffins and macarons, to elaborate cakes. Baguettes, sourdoughs and other par-baked bread items provided by Two Donkeys Bakery of Kelowna are finished fresh each day. The coffee beans are roasted locally.

As for the cakes, in addition to what’s for sale at the cafe, Fowler’s also accepts orders for custom creations.

When asked about the name, Sweet Leaf, it’s what Schoch and Fowler decided on after one of Fowler’s daughters (who helps out at the cafe) designed a logo for the business, which features a green circle with leaves on the top. top left.

“We relied on the tree of life and the family tree and the fact that it’s a family business and instead of having a tree in our name, we thought we’d take a piece of that,” Fowler said. “And since we’re based on sweet things, Sweet Leaf.”

Sweet Leaf Bakery & Cafe is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm For more information, visit Sweet Leaf’s Facebook page.

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