Sweet Simone's Bakes Up Cakes, Croissants and 'Happy Moments' in Richmond | 7 Nights Spotlight | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Sweet Simone’s Bakes Up Cakes, Croissants and ‘Happy Moments’ in Richmond 

Published April 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated April 18, 2019 at 3:12 p.m.

click to enlarge Sweet Simon's, - OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini
  • Sweet Simon's,

During wedding season, Lisa Curtis might bake as many as 100 ornate layer cakes, conjuring rustic-chic birch bark or gilded art-deco glamour from frosting and flowers. But Vermonters need not wait for a special occasion to sample the goods from Curtis' kitchen.

At Sweet Simone's, the self-trained baker turns out pretty pastries on a daily basis: pink cranberry-curd tartlets, sugar-sparkled pâté de fruit, meringue-topped spice cupcakes, golden croissants, and other sweets and savories inspired by local, seasonal ingredients.

Location Details Sweet Simone's
40 Bridge St.
Chittenden County
Richmond, VT
Baked Goods, Coffee/Tea and Soup 'n' Sandwich

A New Jersey native, Curtis followed her food-loving siblings to Vermont. "My mom gave us all the passion and the drive to cook," she says. "The passion just grew." Curtis' brother, Jason Gulisano, ran Waitsfield's celebrated Green Cup restaurant — until it flooded during 2011's Tropical Storm Irene.

"With the void in town, we wanted to start something," Curtis recalls. "All the stars aligned," and she joined forces with her sister and brother-in-law, Sarina Gulisano and John Vitko, to open the Sweet Spot in the former Green Cup space. The aptly named café was part pastry shop, part ice cream counter: Curtis' baked goods were sold under her Sweet Simone's brand, while Gulisano and Vitko still serve Scout's Honor scoops (and much more) there.

click to enlarge OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini

When a storefront in Richmond became available, Huntington-based Curtis went solo in early 2015, excited to serve her own neighbors. "Richmond has been such a welcoming community. This is my community," she explains.

Over the years, Sweet Simone's has grown to meet the needs of the town, adding a popular, short-term Monday Night Eats dinner service and, in late 2018, a full lunch menu. Regulars line up for tangy Reuben sandwiches, mushroom-and-leek flatbreads, flaky croissant grilled cheeses and Greek lemon chicken soup.

click to enlarge OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini

"Employees get to know people's names and what they're drinking and form relationships with them," says Curtis. "With all the stuff going on in the world, we're really creating happier moments in people's lives, whether it's someone's coffee in the morning or someone's wedding cake ... We're just trying to capture those moments and celebrate them."

This article was originally published in 7 Nights: The Seven Days Guide to Vermont Restaurants & Bars in April 2019.
Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

Carolyn Fox

Carolyn Fox

Carolyn Fox was the Seven Days calendar editor from 2009-2012. From 2012-2013, she was the managing editor of Kids VT. She currently works as Special Publications Manager for Seven Days.


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation