NORTH PROVIDENCE – Lisa Bazzle’s new business has been cooking for a long time.

After working for years as a dental hygienist and then receiving a degree in pastry arts from Johnson & Wales University, the 57-year-old North Providence native has opened Sweet Deliveries, a bakery specializing in custom cakes and cupcake bouquets, at 2242 Mineral Spring Ave. in North Providence.

“It’s been a dream for a long time,” Bazzle told The Breeze, adding that she hopes it serves as “a little neighborhood bakery” that attracts regular customers.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony held last Saturday, the bakery officially opened Monday. In addition to custom orders, Sweet Deliveries offers a variety of breakfast pastries and other sweet treats and serves coffee from Pawtucket-based Downeast Coffee Roasters. “It won’t be the same every day,” she said.

A staple of the business are her cupcake bouquets, which cost $30, and function as substitutes for flower or fruit arrangements, she said. Custom orders can range from birthday to wedding cakes and every occasion in between, Bazzle said.

Build-your-own cupcake kits are great for birthday parties, she said, and her chocolate caramel pretzels and brownie pops are great party favors. She said she’s especially excited to make Halloween-themed treats this month.

In addition to coffee, the bakery will stock iced tea and products from neighboring Yacht Club Soda.

The bakery will deliver to customers in North Providence and some parts of Johnston and Smithfield, Bazzle said, adding that cupcake bouquets can be delivered across the state with a delivery fee.

When asked what her favorite dessert is, Bazzle said she works with sweets too much and prefers a nice crusty bread.

For years Bazzle has baked for her family and friends and said it’s always been her dream to open her own bakery. “I’ve always baked my whole life,” she said. “I love to bake everything.” After she lost her job due to the pandemic, she said it was “now or never.”

Located in Centredale next to the North Providence School Department’s administration building and across from Robbins Funeral Home, the bakery is the latest business contributing to the revitalization of the village. “I’m happy to be a part of that,” she said.

Her father used to own Village Pizza, which was located where the Tumblesalts Cafe is, just around the corner from her bakery, she said.

Monthly proceeds will go toward the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of her brother-in-law who has ALS, Bazzle said, adding that she also wants to do something special for St. Mary’s Home for Children in town as a way to give back.

Bazzle said she’s trying to keep prices low, and that any first responders who walk in in uniform will receive a free coffee and pastry, she said.

The bakery will be open Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, find Sweet Deliveries on Facebook or visit www.sweet-deliveries.com .

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