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New Oak Lawn bakery is Simply Sweet

  • Written by Bob Rakow

 What started as a home-based2-col-bakery-3Adriana Aranda stands next to a case featuring a wide selection of cupcakes at Simply Sweet Creations, 5712 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Photo by Bob Rakow. business is flourishing in Oak Lawn as a specialty bakery.
  Adriana Aranda recently opened Simply Sweet Creations, 5712 W. 95th St., after spending two years baking cakes, cupcakes and other delectable bakery items in the kitchen of her Hickory Hills home.
  Making the jump from working out of her home to operating a full-time business wasn’t easy but she said she has no regrets.
  “There’s never a right time to do it. “I’ve got this creative side and I’ve always wanted to unleash that,” said Aranda, who has a career in the financial industry.
  Aranda looked at several locations for her business, which opened in September, and she’s pleased with the 95th Street site
  “I underestimated the walk-in traffic on 95th Street,” she said. “Everybody loves cupcakes. It’s kind of gets people in the door.”
  The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, but Aranda plans to expand to full-time hours soon, she said.
  “Business has been great,” Aranda said.
  The bakery specializes in a wide variety of cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and cakes for all occasions, including birthday parties, religious events and weddings.
  But Aranda’s shop offers more than sweet treats. Bakery connoisseurs can take cake and cupcake decorating classes, which are designed for both and children and adults.
  Aranda is getting her business off the ground with the help of friends and family. Her sister, Claudia, and friend, Carmen, often can be found in the kitchen working on specialty cakes or other creations.
  “It’s kind of been a team effort,” she said. “No one has more passion than your family.”
  To place an order and inquire about classes, call 773-492-8151 or visit www.simplysweetonline.com. The bakery also has a Facebook page.