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Almost six years after a local bakery moved its ovens from downtown Bloomington to Uptown Normal, the company is preparing to reopen its kitchen from a new downtown storefront.

Sugar Mama Bakery is scheduled to open in early July from the former Subway Restaurant, 109 W. Jefferson St., in Courthouse Square. It will close its normal location, 116 W. North St., before August.

I surprised owner Susie Tod on Tuesday as she and employees unload and move baking supplies around the space, which features exposed brickwork, natural materials, and lots of natural light.

“It won’t be a cookie-cutter design,” Tod joked with me as she moved a stand mixer off a counter.

Tod closed its old location in downtown Bloomington, 405 N. Main St., in 2015 to focus its efforts on the Normal location.

The bakery, specializing in artisan and made-to-order bakery products, was established around 2010 when Tod and his then partner, Krista Gaff, started cooking at Gaff’s house.

Tod’s plan was to open the new Bloomington store on July 2, but that date will likely be pushed back, she said. It faced construction delays caused by the weekend storms and still has to install some equipment.

In addition to adding another option for coffee and baked goods in downtown Bloomington, the company will fill a vacant storefront since mid-2019.

– Timothée Eggert

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