A microloan launches a West Roxbury baker – The Boston Globe

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There’s a cheery vibe to Delectable Desires Pastries, a small West Roxbury storefront bakery that opened in January. Pale pink walls, the welcoming smile of owner and baker Carlene O’Garro, 33, and her breakfast pastries will keep you returning. Pecan sticky buns as big as saucers are slathered with caramel, and hefty scones and muffins burst with blueberries ($2.50 to $3.75). Generous chewy chocolate-chip cookies, ultra-fudgy brownies made with Valrhona chocolate, and pastel macaroons with chocolate ganache ($2.25 to $3.50) fill a case. “I want to make sure people get more than a bite or nibble,” the baker says. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts pastry program, O’Garro also crafts whimsically sculpted and tiered cakes for weddings and parties. For seven years, the Mattapan native ran a wholesale baking business from Jamaica Plain’s shared space, CropCircle Kitchen, supplying desserts to markets, cafes, and private customers. One was Boston Beer Co.’s Jim Koch, for whom she made sugar cookies with Samuel Adams Boston Lager (CropCircle is the brewery’s neighbor). O’Garro became a recipient of a microloan from Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, which enabled her to open the bakery. Koch arranged an opening day celebration for O’Garro with Mayor Marty Walsh. When a crowd arrived, the baker says, “I ended up crying. That’s when it hit me it was official that I grew my business to the next level.” Delectable Desires Pastries, 1755 Centre St., West Roxbury, 857-273-3244,
www.delectabledesires.net
. ANN TRIEGER KURLAND

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