EVANSTON — Jackie Lowrey, a local single mom of two, has opened Sugar Bear’s Bakery at 900 Main St. in Evanston. The Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Committee hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Lowrey on Tuesday, April 16. Joining the committee was U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and his wife Diana who were touring Evanston for the day.
Lowrey said she was a nurse for 13 years and “burned out,” and she wanted to start a new career. In July of 2018, she began bringing baked items to For Pete’s Sake coffee shop to test the market. With the help of the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), she has now opened her bakery full-time and sublets space from Pete Bass, who owns the coffee shop.
Her hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday by appointment. Lowrey said her specialties are custom cupcakes, custom orders, Kolaches, mini-loaves and bread. Lowrey said she also does catering and minimal delivery.
“I named my bakery, Sugar Bear’s, after what I call my daughter, Peyton, who is in third grade,” Lowrey said. “My son, Ian, is in preschool.”