Janderyn Makris, the founder and creative director of Earth and Sugar, will soon open a café and studio at 7301 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. It’s a project two years in the making and the start of a new chapter for the 14-year-old cake and pastry company that has garnered a reputation for its modern designs and from-scratch baked goods.
“We grew so fast, and it was really important to take it back to the grassroots,” Makris says of the new space, which will offer a curated café selection of desserts (think: cupcakes, cookies, and sliced cakes) and a small coffee program. It will also boast a private tasting room available to rent and a large kitchen area, where Makris hopes to host classes.
For the building’s design, Makris enlisted architectural firm Bartholemew + Partners and Anabel De Leon Interior Design. “I wanted to have a building on Dixie that feels like a high-end luxury home that you just can’t tell what it is until you see the sign,” she explains. The location south of Forest Hill Boulevard was also strategic, as Makris felt it would be convenient for her clients in the Palm Beach and Miami areas and also service a burgeoning neighborhood where family-run eateries like Aioli have found a devoted following.
“We really want to spend more time with and be a part of their lives,” Makris says of this community, “even if it’s just over a cup of coffee.”