Saturday, April 13, 2013
After weeks of negotiation and several prior plans, Sweet Annie’s will be moving into a neighbor’s location in downtown Flossmoor.
Despite prior claims, Sweet Annie’s Bakery will not be moving to Homewood. The decision came after a rental agreement with Homewood landlords fell through, reports Sun-Times Media. Rather, Sweet Annie’s will move into the vacated spot of Her Closet Boutique, once owner Rose Demko packs up to move to Homewood’s Cherry Creek Plaza. At 1,400 square feet, the new Sweet Annie’s will be considerably larger in size. The menu will also expand, as the new facility will include contraptions to create even more diverse treats. Since her decision to move, owner Anne Aboushousha has been torn between a variety of different plans, ranging from the Homewood move to maintaining multiple locations. The most recent opportunity to stay in Flossmoor and move …
Friday, February 1, 2013
A rental disagreement is responsible for the recent decision, although details are peculiarly vague.
After a back-and-fourth series of events, Sweet Annie’s Bakery will not be staying in Flossmoor after all. A rental disagreement between owner Anne Aboushoush and landlord Dean Armstrong is apparently to blame, but there are not many details beyond that. “We’re sorry we couldn’t work things out. We’re sorry to see her leave,” Armstrong said. “I wish she’d stay.” The only official comment Sweet Annie’s is making is in the form of a written statement given to employees to read to anyone who asks about the situation. It reads: Due to a misunderstanding regarding how long we are able to remain in the Flossmoor location, we will be moving to Homewood, not expanding as previously planned. We are sorry for any disappointment this may cause you. …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The beloved bakery announced plans to expand into a larger Homewood location last week, but a new deal will keep a scaled down, kid-oriented version of the shop at the current Flossmoor location.
Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun entered Sweet Annie’s Bakery last Saturday on a mission. “He was very adamant about not wanting to lose (the bakery),” owner Anne Aboushousha said. “He asked, ‘What can we do?’” Braun told Patch he’s been hard at work trying to facilitate a rental agreement between Aboushousha and her current landlord Dean Armstrong so that she could keep her current shop. Last week, Aboushousha announced plans to move Sweet Annie’s Bakery to Homewood. Despite the move, Aboushousha told Patch she was looking to keep the old Sweet Annie’s open, should she reach agreeable terms with Armstrong. A deal was reached Tuesday afternoon. “We care very much about our businesses,” Braun said. “The village has and will continue to assist in …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The new location will be in the former Thai Rickshaw building in downtown Homewood.
Anne “Sweet Annie” Aboushousha spent all day Jan. 10 tracking around town, going from business to business to personally announce her decision to move Sweet Annie’s Bakery to 18102 Martin Avenue in Homewood, the former location of Thai Rickshaw. She also went to Twisted Q BBQ and Bakery on Ridge Road to break the news herself. “I really wanted to tell the people I care about directly,” Aboushousha said. “It was important for me to do that. I was really nervous.” Aboushousha made the snap decision last week, but it’s been two years since she realized some sort of transition was inevitable. “I was getting panic attacks when it gets really busy in the shop,” Aboushousha said. And then there is the matter of parking. Aboushousha recently spoke…
Monday, June 11, 2012
This week's obsession: the newer pastry offerings at Sweet Annie's Bakery in Flossmoor.
I used to date a girl who worked at an esteemed European bakery in Chicago. Every night she'd bring back astoundingly delicious pastries and other baked goods. I've had the real thing in Europe, and those Chicago treats stood their ground strong. A week ago, I stopped into Sweet Annie's Bakery in Flossmoor after a haircut next door and was astonished to see what happened to her usual display case. The cookies and other sweets before were fantastic, but there seemed to be some invaders this time. Invaders—from France. Delicate macaroons, opera tortes with real gold leaf accents and some mysterious but picturesque-looking chocolate mini pies were featured alongside the usual baked goods. The new additions come courtesy of Sweet Annie's new …
Monday, October 24, 2011
A look at new businesses coming into town and a fond farewell to those that have, for whatever reason, called it quits.
- Bob Bong
Monday, October 24, 2011
After much anticipation, Twisted Q is officially scheduled to open its doors today. This new concept restaurant is housed at the location of the former Nielsen’s Bakery. Barbecue fans may recognize this as the follow-up to Twisted Q in Steger. Ford Motor Co. plans to invest up to $200 million to expand its Chicago Assembly Plant and Chicago Heights Stamping Plant and add upwards of 1,200 jobs between the two plants. Gov. Pat Quinn last week said the automaker will add a third shift at the Assembly Plant in Chicago’s Hegewisch community, which makes the Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Explorer. The investment will allow the plant to produce new sedan and SUV police interceptors. Ford will invest $117 million at the Assembly Plant and $86 million to…
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Looking for something new and exciting to eat around town? Check out the signature dishes of some of H-F's local "top chefs."
Years as a pastry chef: 7 Signature cake: Vanilla bean and chocolate cake with vanilla and raspberry buttercream. Years as a baker: 35 Signature pastries: Glazed croissant, raisin scone and chunky cinnamon bread. Years as a chef: 30 years Signature dish: Eggplant Marinara Years as a chef: 25 Signature dish: Marinated Cornish Hen in Sambuca Liquor Years as a baker: 20 Signature pastries: Cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting, old fashioned chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal bars. Signature dish: New Orleans pasta and shrimp and grits.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sweet Annie's Bakery in Flossmoor offered paczkis for the first time ever this Fat Tuesday.
For the first time since opening two and a half years ago, Sweet Annie’s Bakery in Flossmoor offered paczkis on its menu in honor of Fat Tuesday. Owner Anne Aboushousha said the coveted treat did not last long. “We had 200 made, and by noon, we ran out,” Aboushousha said. “Someone ate one … came back, and got six more!” Aboushousha said Sweet Annie's typically doesn’t offer items like donuts or paczkis because the bakery does not have the necessary ventilation for such an undertaking. However, not wanting to disappoint hungry patrons craving the Polish treat, Sweet Annie’s imported paczki shells from Pearson’s Bakery and added their own fillings, including whipped cream, strawberry and chocolate butter cream. The availability of the treat …