Black-owned Chicago bakery Schweet Cheesecake in Austin is ‘near perfect’

CHICAGO – Schweet Cheesecake, a black family business, is making a difference in its community.

The artisan bakery draws customers from across the Chicagoland area to the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

Co-owner Chamille Weddington describes Schweet Cheesecake and reveals what makes it different from the rest.

“What is Schweet Cheesecake? Original, homemade, and Chicago. What makes our cheesecake different is that it’s really light, it’s chewy and they know what to expect. ‘it’s freshly made as soon as they bite it, ”said Weddington.

Inspired by and named after Weddington’s grandmother, The Viola Strawberry is their signature cheesecake.

“We were just in the kitchen one day and we were eating our grandmother’s pastry. We took her idea and we rethought it and turned it into a cheesecake,” Weddington said.

While satisfying all foodie customers, Schweet Cheesecake also aims to foster economic growth in the Austin community with its “Ujamaa” program.

“It’s a program that allows us to help successful entrepreneurs showcase their products. It’s a promotional campaign. It’s meant to inspire. It’s meant to educate artists,” said Weddington.

Weddington said the revitalization is important to the business and wants people outside the Austin community to see what the neighborhood has to offer.

“It’s refreshing to grow something that belongs to you and that belongs to the community,” said Weddington. “It’s not about cheesecake at all. It’s about community.”

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