Pastry chef Sharon Gofreed got married three weeks ago to become Sharon Leonard and that’s not the only big change in her life. Last weekend was the soft opening for Sweet Bribery, the pastry and ice-cream shop she has opened with other investors at 250 W. 19th St.
The site of the former Chippendale Eastlake Antiques store was purchased by Braun Enterprises in 2015.
Clothing stores Mary & Moss and Proper are already doing business next to Sweet Bribery.
Leonard was previously the pastry chef at State of Grace, the JW Marriott Houston and Uchi. She says that she’s very excited for this newest endeavor and that most everything is being made in house.
“There is something for every member of the family,” said Leonard. “Sweets for the kids with premium ice cream and toppings and superior products for parents as well. I am so proud of what we are offering. We won’t be your average ice-cream shop.”
Leonard’s favorite ice cream right now is the Fruity Pebble Cereal Milk but the red velvet cream cheese ice cream is a close second. There will also be a rum daiquiri ice-cream for adults – although most of the alcohol is cooked out – and a bourbon expresso.
“I am making the majority of the toppings,” said Leonard. “Of course I will have classic toppings such as M&Ms and mini marshmallows, but I will also be doing house made marshmallow fluff, house made sprinkles, and something I am calling Rice Krispies croutons. The sauces are all made in house and feature hot fudge, salted caramel, Frangelico banana caramel and strawberry jam.”
Sweet Bribery has applied for a beer and wine permit and when it comes through there will also be champagne floats with seasonal sorbet.
On the pastry front there will be everything from the classic chocolate chunk cookie to the ‘tailgate cookie,’ with potato chips, pretzels, butterscotch chips and caramel M&Ms – to the crème de menthe brownie which is an old family recipe.
Seating is available inside and out.
“Braun Enterprises is thrilled to have Sweet Bribery in our development,” said Zach Braun. “19th street continues to be one of the most walkable areas in Houston and we expect the neighborhood to fully embrace this great local concept.”