Sisters Catherine and Cheryl Reinhart started Sweet Life Patisserie 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.
Business stayed steady and sweet, and soon they opened up the "Petite" location in 2016, on East 19th street just a few blocks away from the University. Sweet Life Petite showcases a slightly smaller selection of the same delicious treats in a beautiful, jewel-box store. They are nestled between a local ice creamery and a new pizza place, and they happily serve students and University area residents alike!
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 recipes. The display cases are full of desserts, cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, ice cream 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 other baked goods, and finding new ways to make their business more community-oriented and earth-friendly.
Why We're Green
We at Sweet Life Patisserie are happy to provide our customers with decadent treats they can feel good about! We take sustainability seriously, so we make greener choices whenever we can. We use recyclable and biodegradable packaging and to-go ware, EPA Safer choice cleaning products, solar panels on our roofs that provide some of our electricity, and locally and organically farmed ingredients. We are proud to be an environmentally responsible business, and to be recognized for it through our Rethink certification!"" - Cheryl Reinhart, Co-owner