Three Sweet Girls opening OTR bakery

By Andy Brownfield

An Anderson Township mother and her two daughters are opening a new bakery in Over-the-Rhine after three years of successful operation in Kenwood.

Lisa Ebbert comes from a long line of bakers. Her grandfather, Edward Nickles, founded the Navarre, Ohio-based Nickles Bakery, and her father, Edward Davis, is a graduate of the American Institute of Baking in Chicago. Ebbert carried that tradition on with her daughters Lauren and Kristen in their Kenwood-based Three Sweet Girls Cakery.

Ebbert and her daughters are now opening a second Three Sweet Girls in Over-the-Rhine at 29 E. 12th St. with a target opening date of July 6.

“We really wanted to go to downtown. My daughters are young, and we love it here, but we also live the city, we love Over-the-Rhine, we love everything Cincinnati, and we can’t wait to get out and be with Cincinnatians,” Ebbert told me. “It’s just fun down there. We love going out and walking around and going out to eat and getting to know that part of the community.”

Ebbert and her daughters started baking in 2010, making cupcakes for friends and family. But more and more of those friends and family members insisted they go into business, so they began taking orders online and in 2012 moved into part of a building owned by Ebbert’s husband at 7458 Montgomery Road to give the bakery business a go. They ended up expanding and taking over the entire building.

The bakery still specializes in cupcakes but has grown into cakes, cake pops, cookies, custom designs and other sweets. The OTR location will sell all of those things, but because the 500-square-foot location lacks its own kitchen, it will have less emphasis on custom designed cakes and more on satisfying the sweet tooth of passersby and neighborhood residents, Ebbert said.

“One thing people really love are the cake pops because we have more than 100 different flavors we rotate all the time,” she said. “People just come in to buy one and end up getting a dozen.”

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