When you walk through the door of Vanilla Bean, 138 Cromwell Street, you will feel the warm, relaxed atmosphere, smell the delicious food and see the decadent treats in the pastry case just waiting to be enjoyed.
Kathy Dhillon, also known as The Cake Lady, had a dream to open a shop one day and “it turned out exactly as I had pictured it. Vanilla Bean is a nice place for people to come to where they are made to feel special.” Kathy has been a high end cake designer for over 25 years and when she moved to Sarnia she rented a kitchen at St. Paul’s United Church to continue her business. Her cakes were hugely popular and she was asked to create dessert tables for weddings and other events. Soon people were asking for a place they could come for a nice dessert. Vanilla Bean Bakery/Café has now been in business for a year.
Kathy, with her stepdaughter Rashpal Gill, opened as a specialty dessert shop and in January, due to many customer requests, added a lunch menu. Gourmet Grilled Cheese with 5 blends of cheese on cheese bread with tomato basil butter is a popular item. So is the Summer Berry Salad filled with berries, pecans, feta cheese and mixed greens. Kathy’s Flatbread is a new item with a burst of flavour. Wedding cake orders are taken and everything is made fresh in the open kitchen. Lunch is served all day and Take Out is available.
Kathy’s dream takes a lot of work and she often puts in 60-70 hour weeks. She has a staff of 7 including her sister Angie Hills who helps out several days a week. Vanilla Bean is a licensed establishment and Hours are 9:30am-5:30pm Tuesdays to Thursdays, Fridays 9:30am-10pm and Saturdays 11:00am-5:00pm. Muffins and breakfast sandwiches with coffee are served in the morning. First Fridays have morphed into Date Nights. A saxophonist plays soft jazz and wine and beer specials are available to enjoy with food and desserts.
Kathy is happy to see the revitalization of Sarnia’s downtown and “loves being located here.” Drop by and enjoy some hand squeezed lemonade available all summer and relax in the cozy, relaxed feel of Vanilla Bean Bakery/Café. Phone 519-491-8051