Life is Sweet
Life is Sweet is more than a cupcake house. Open since 2007 as a staple in the Beaches, owner Clair Sutton has made her shop reminiscent of a cozy cottage full of knick knacks in a rustic setting flanked by a heavenly sweet smell.
Sutton and her small team in the kitchen make the freshly baked cupcakes everyday, and offer tasty flavours like Vanilla Bean, Lemon Drop, Earl Grey with Orange and Coconut White Chocolate in mini ($1.50) or regular sized for $2.75.
Life is Sweet is known for being the perfect spot to place large orders of cupcakes for baby showers, birthday parties and other celebratory functions...or just a really great gift to yourself.
After seven years at Queen Street East and Balsam Avenue in the Beaches, Life is Sweet moved a few blocks west on Queen Street into a similar house-turned-storefront location.
While the focus is on the varied cupcake offerings, Life is Sweet is surrounded by antique clocks, cupboards, and watering cans and sells a broad assortment of items like long socks ($13.50) and dishtowels ($5)
Walking around the store, you're treated not only to colourful and bright accessories, pots and pants, and ceramics, but also delicious samples of cookies, cupcakes, and brownies ($3.50). Outside, an employee sells a selection of popsicles from Toronto-based Augie's Ice Pops ($3.25).
Life is Sweet also sells products from local artisans, and a selection of curated products from the Soap and Paper Factory and Patch New York Candles and creams.
The new store allows for a beautiful backyard which Sutton is hoping to open up for events.
Sutton tells me she really wants to host an artisan farmers market at her store, and judging by the amount of people milling about the store on that warm and sunny Saturday afternoon, I have no doubt the farmers market would be a big hit with residents looking to add some sweet treats to their grocery list.
Photos by Hector Vasquez