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Catherine Reinhart and her sister Cheryl started The Sweet Life in 1993, creating wedding and birthday cakes in their converted-garage bakery in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon. In 1999, they opened their bakery and pastry shop on Monroe Street. The bakery quickly outgrew the shop, and was moved nearby to a custom-built spacious kitchen in 2004. An extensive remodel of the shop into a cafe followed later that same year.

These days, a team of bakers and decorators turn out pastries around the clock. Sweet Life's cakes, pastries and desserts are lovingly hand-made from scratch, using both traditional French and classic American techniques. The cafe's cases are full of desserts, cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, gelato and sweet and savory breakfast and lunch pastries. The bright and bustling atmosphere attracts gregarious customers who don't mind waiting shoulder-to-shoulder with other dessert fans on busy weekend nights. The adept baristas help guide people through the dazzling array of options. They will also make a fine latte or a pot of organic tea to go with dessert.

The sisters work daily behind the scenes, dreaming up fabulous desserts and finding new ways to make their business more community and earth-friendly. Check out the links to media coverage to read more about the The Sweet Life!

Checkout our 20th Anniversary Video!

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Placing Special Orders
We request 2 days advanced notice.

Please call us at (541) 683-5676 to place an order,
between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm Monday-Saturday
and 8am-3pm on Sundays.
We are open for business Monday-Friday 7am-11pm
and Saturday and Sunday 8am-11pm.
We are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

For wedding cakes, please leave a message
at our wedding salon (541) 686-2633.

 

Press:

"At Sweet Life, sisters who have spent 16 years growing a hugely popular bakery...",
http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2009/11/eugene_sisters_bake_a_successf.html

 

"We're going out West."
http://special.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/special/dash/19971407-44/story.csp

 

Get ready for the ultimate sugar high.
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Get+ready+for+the+ultimate+sugar+high.-a0169151531

Awards:

2011 ”Sustainable Innovation in Business” Award from WVSFA

"Rethink" certified by BRING.

-11 years running: Best Bakery. Eugene weekly

-Register Guard Reader's Choice Best Dessert Place 2010-2012
http://forums.registerguard.com/advertising/rc_results_food.html

-Register Guard Reader's choice Best Candy Shop 3rd place 2011
http://forums.registerguard.com/advertising/rc_results_merchants.html

-Chef's Night Out 2010 - Best Hospitality and Presentation
-Chef's Night Out 2011-2012 - Best Overall Bite- 2 years in a row!!

Lifetime Achievement Award — the first ever of which goes to Sweet Life Pâtisserie
http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2006/10/26/coverstory5.html

Oregon Bride Magazine Reader's Choice Best Wedding Cakes in the Willamette Valley, 5 years running.

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