Sweetie-licious To Sweeten The Offerings at Grand Rapids Downtown Market
FOX 47 News
Linda Hundt, Sweetie-licious Owner, and Dick DeVos, Downtown Market Board Member, at the Grand Opening of Sweetie-Licious at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.
DEWITT, Mich. –Sweetie-licious, and the renowned bakery café in DeWitt, Michigan is announcing its expansion with a second location to the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, an all-new destination for local food innovation, education and experimentation.
Owned and operated by Linda Hundt for more than ten years, Sweetie-licious specializes in pies and other sweet confections and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the 2011 Crisco 100th Anniversary Innovation award and The Food Network’s “Amazing Pie Challenge.”
“I’ve been asked by many people to expand or relocate to a major market city, but expanding to Grand Rapids has been a long-time dream. The city, foodie culture and the Downtown Market makes the city a perfect fit for my second store,” said Hundt.
Hundt has been featured in numerous national and regional television segments, magazine and newspapers including the Today show, Country Living, Midwest Living, and Parade. She is a sought-after keynote speaker on topics including, business, life and love, as well as giving pie-baking demonstrations for hundreds of people at a time.
“West Michigan’s food culture is attracting numerous interesting and creative food artisans from outside of the region, and we are thrilled the Downtown Market will become the focal point that brings them all together,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Market. “Linda’s bakery and café has helped turn DeWitt into a destination and we expect her baked goods and relationship with our other vendors will have a similar influence on our Market Hall.”
The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It will incorporate entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall, large outdoor farmer’s market and two full-service restaurants, one of which will be a micro-brewery.