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CINCINNATI (Sydney Benter) — There’s a new shop opening up in Over-the-Rhine that looks and feels like a real life candy land. The sweet treats come from a local mother and her two daughters; together they run Three Sweet Girls Cakery. It’s a family business that, quite literally, started in their kitchen. The Ebbert girls find themselves in an enviable position–surrounded by cupcakes and success. What started as a hobby has grown into a full-scale confection operation.

“We pretty much just did cupcakes in the beginning–just making them for friends and friends of friends and then it just grew into cake pops and cakes and cookies for lots of people,” says Kristen Ebbert. The family expanded their business into a space on Montgomery Road three years ago. They’ve grown so quickly that now they’re opening a second location in Over-the-Rhine. “We just thought it would be really fun to go down there and kind of be in the heart of the city and everything that’s going on,” says Lisa Ebbert, the family matriarch.

Lisa and her daughters Lauren and Kristen are all equal partners in the cakery. “I think the coolest part is that we’re in charge of it so if there’s something we want to do we can try it and it gives us more freedom to–if there’s decorations we want to try or flavors or colors or anything–we can really explore whatever we want to work on; whatever is fun for us,” Lauren says.

The OTR Three Sweet Girls location on East 12th Street is set to open the first week of July 2015.

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