Audrey Zybala, the woman behind the new Sweet Pea Bakery in Hamburg, is thrilled with the new career she’s cooked up.
“It was calling me,” Zybala said on Friday night, after wrapping up a busy opening week that will be capped by an official grand opening Saturday.
Until June, Zybala was a teacher. But with the support of her husband and two sons – ages 8 and 5 – she has made a career switch that brings her to Staub Square on Buffalo Street in the Village of Hamburg.
“It’s been very comfortable,” Zybala said of the welcome she’s gotten during her first week of business.
A few days after she opened, she even had a couple of her regulars – yes, she already has regulars – show up with a table for her to put in her sitting area.
“We thought you could use it,” they said.
The basics: Through the end of the year, Sweet Pea Bakery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Zybala plans to add extended hours closer to the holidays. Then, after Jan. 1, the bakery will be closed on Sundays.
What to expect: Baked goods (of course), with both flaky and heavy options; coffee roasted by Lackawanna’s Premium Coffee; and egg sandwiches. Everything is homemade. After the first of the year, Zybala is thinking about adding light sandwiches for lunch.
What to try: The customers have spoken, and the carmelita ($3) is the Sweet Pea specialty. Zybala describes it as gooey, awesome “heaven on a plate.”
Grand opening details: After a week of breaking the place in, Sweet Pea Bakery’s official grand opening is this weekend. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 21), you’ll get a free coffee or tea with a bakery purchase.
Good to know: Sweet Pea caters and has a menu of special events it’ll host.