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Petite & Sweet

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on May 29, 2011

petite and sweetPetite & Sweet is just like it sounds. Pretty, light, and charming, nestled in a quaint Summerhill community. The fusion of an event planning company and a sweet couturier, Petite & Sweet opened its boutique about five weeks ago, bringing with it its existing clientele and also seducing the odd curious passersby from off the block.

petite and sweetAnd they're right to be curious; it's not exactly clear what Petite & Sweet is upon first glance. "We have everything totally unnecessary, but necessary," manager Derek says. "They're 'wants,'" Elle Daftarian, one of the owners, pipes in.

petite and sweetElle teamed up with business partners Casper Hydar and Yolanda Gampp to open the shop, which is sort of like a gift boutique, flower shop, event planning space, and café all in one. In one corner you'll find lots of sweets and treats, including chocolate bars ($4.25) wrapped in beautiful handmade Japanese paper. In another: last minute hostess gifts, such as a Martha Stewart cupcake book ($30), decorative note cards ($14), and handmade cake stands ($110).

petite and sweetThe back of the shop is the café area, serving specialty Italian Hausbrandt coffee, French Fauchon tea, cupcakes ($3.25), marcarons ($2.75) and more. Derek prepares me an Americano ($2.25) while Elle tells me about Petite & Sweet specialty treats. "These fancy Oreos are fantastic," she says, motioning towards the glass counter. "They've been dipped in chocolate, and then we add a transfer." Petite & Sweet also offers mini cupcakes ($2.00), which I try in its signature lavender butter cream flavour. It's lovely and aromatic, with just enough sweetness to pair well with a rich Americano.

petite and sweetElle and I slip downstairs where she shows me her workspace and design area. "Excuse the mess," she says, "I'm just putting some last things together for an event." The mess amounts to little more than a stray ribbon on the floor, but I suppose compared to the pristine and airy French-inspired motif upstairs, a ribbon out of place might begin to look like clutter.

petite and sweet"We do sweet tables for all sorts of events," she says, leading me toward a display. It, true to name, is quite pretty and sweet. "We get a lot of weddings, and that sort of thing." Pretty & Sweet also does flower arrangements (silk and fresh), gift-wrapping, party favours and more.

petite and sweetAs for retail items, Elle and her partners just look for things they would have in their own homes. "I have a little girl at home," Elle says. "The profile in our graphic was actually based on her. Everything here is just pretty and lovely--things I would want to share with her."

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Discussion

17 Comments

Angie / January 9, 2012 at 04:55 am
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The store is very cute but the baked goods are not fresh. The cupcake I bought was very dry and the icing was grainy. The Macaroons were stale too. Waste of money.
tinsneby / February 28, 2012 at 03:56 pm
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I am sure you will love chanel 2.55 to your friends
barb / April 12, 2012 at 11:52 am
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agree cute but thats it, food items like metro not fresh. and over priced for what you get. not sure why they are getting a show
Hilda / August 24, 2012 at 01:52 pm
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With the amount of money they charge I expect to get top quality product that is fresh. The macaroons were horrible. The service seemed "fake" friendly. And now they are getting a show? Reality TV has no standards.
amber / September 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm
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how much is it for a sweet table
Wendy / October 2, 2012 at 03:09 am
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Interesting to read the comments about lack of freshness in the store products. Possibly this young business has taken on more than it can chew (excuse the pun). Opening a store and having a new reality show, plus handling all the upscale events they seem to be doing is alot! Maybe they are trying to grow too fast.
Rami / October 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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Hi, i agree that cupcakes were dry, macrons weren't the best.
Good to see, but waste to buy.
Unless you do events with them, you wont taste the good stuff.

Peace
wayne / October 11, 2012 at 09:44 pm
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Elle, love the Tv show. Very interesting with humour added in. Oh, and Elle you are the hottest woman on TV !!!
Shannon / October 20, 2012 at 08:06 pm
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I watch your show, but I have to tell you I would probably actually enjoy it without Antonella, she is loud, rude, disrespectful and I just don't enjoy her many attempts at singing on the show,k I change the channel or mute the station while she is singing - and I just watched the Queen's cup episode and really did we need to watch her with the whip, I am far more interested in the actual sweets you create than the antics of a woman who shouldn't even be working in that environment at all, unless that's how you want to represent yourselves (kinda trashy)
Victoria / October 24, 2012 at 10:32 am
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I completely agree, Antonella seems like she is trying a bit hard... Her antics are just not funny I too would rather just see the steps in which they take to make these beautiful creations.
karen / October 26, 2012 at 01:27 pm
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I would like to know if you could make a spiderman cake for my sons birthday it would mean alot to me if this could be done for him his birthday is dec 2 also i would like real icing instead of marzipan please help me make this his best birthday ever robert is turning 25 this year he is a speical needs young man and i know that it would mean alot to him if he gets the spiderman cake that he asked for please call me at (905)549-0315 to let me know if this will be possible.
letisha / October 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm
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Hi, i was just wondering what are the prices that you guys have when it comes to do a sweet table?
Susie q / July 22, 2013 at 05:56 pm
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I believe this a blog about the bakery not about a character on a show . On that note cupcakes are very dry
Susie q / July 22, 2013 at 05:57 pm
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Dry over priced, snotty service
Ivy / March 4, 2014 at 09:55 pm
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hi, i was just wondering what are the prices for doing a sweet table? i would like to do one to surprise my sister for her baby shower! Just would like to know the prices. Thank you! :)
nieves / April 9, 2014 at 09:44 am
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Hello. Where can I buy the chair of the cake? Thank you, I like a lot of and I would like buy something.
Jéssica Cunha / August 18, 2014 at 08:45 am
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Where could buy the pot for toothpick cake, the party arc colors, incredible.

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