We’ve told you before that we’re big fans of asking your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids in cute, clever ways—especially in cookie form!—and so we are happy to tell you that we’ve found another adorable option for this exact quest, this time in Wyncote’s South Avenue Sweets!
Owner and baker Lisa Hesbacher has been in business for about two years, having decided to officially go into it after finding much success—and compliments and popularity and requests—whenever she'd bake and decorate cookies for her nieces and nephews (it all started with a batch of 60 soccer-ball cookie favors). Hesbacher has been baking all her life, having learned the skills and recipes for cookies, cakes and pies from her grandmother, great aunts and mother, so it was only fitting that one day it'd become her career.
She operates out of her licensed home bakery, which means that any cookie orders either get hand-delivered (to the general Glenside area) or shipped, or you can often find South Avenue Sweets pop-ups at various events around the Philly area—she's done PHS's Meadowbrook Farm holiday pop-up in Chestnut Hill in the past, Chestnut Hill's Market at the Fareway (she'll be there this weekend for the Harry Potter festival!), and currently, Reading Terminal Market's Pennsylvania General Store, and the Center City location of Williams-Sonoma.
These days, the bakery specializes in custom favors for special occasions, particularly weddings. Among her Big-Day offerings are save-the-date cookies, escort-card cookies (which of course, double as favors), monogram favors, and of course, the darling "Will You Bee My Bridesmaid?" cookies that come as a two-piece set (the hive posing the question, along with a little bee) and packaged in a clear cellphone bag and tied with a coordinating ribbon and gift tag. (They are available in white-on-white, gold-on-white, or really, any color palette you choose, if you already know what shade your ladies will be wearing.) Bridesmaid sweets are $4.50; you can chat with Lisa about pricing for the other options.
Give her at least four weeks of lead time for your order, as everything is baked-to-order in small batches, then decorated fresh right before your event. Take a look at the slideshow for examples of some of the offerings that are sweet in more ways than one.