Recently, a new bakery was inaugurated in Tyler. Rose City Sweets, owned by married couple Cassie and Marcus Hopkins, specializes in a dessert you don’t see every day: pasta.
While the bakery also offers other sweet treats such as cookies, cakes, and an assortment of pastries, it has a knack for creating the perfect macarons.
According to Cassie Hopkins, the bakery is the first of its kind in the area. The idea, she says, came about after she was fired due to COVID-19.
“I was a cook at Brook Hill in Bullard when COVID closed schools. I was fired for a while and my husband worked over 60 hours at the BGC warehouse,” she said. “I was pregnant with our youngest daughter and it was such an uncertain time for everyone. I wanted to help my husband relieve some of the stress of having to work crazy hours to support us.”
“I wondered what Tyler didn’t have indispensable — good quality pasta. And so Rose City Sweets was born,” Hopkins said. “We are the first exclusive pasta bakery in Tyler.”
Hopkins said while she stays backstage and focuses on baking, her husband is the friendly face of the business.
“My husband is known to everyone as “Cookie Man” or “Mac Daddy,” she said.
Hopkins explained that she and her husband often run into people who have never tried pasta, and she is always itching to see them try it for the first time.
“My husband best describes pasta as a mixture of cookies and cake. They have a light crispy crust when you bite into them and a slightly chewy texture with a juicy buttercream, ganache or jelly in the center,” she said. “If you’ve only eaten store-bought frozen macaroons, I encourage you to give it a try. You will find that there is absolutely no comparison.”
The bakery offers 20 flavors a day, as well as Texas-sized macaroons that Hopkins says are almost twice the size of regular ones. It also offers gluten free options.
Hopkins said she can’t wait to open up and serve her hometown.
“We are a local small business. My husband and I were born and raised in Tyler. We are proud of our city, which is where our company name comes from,” she said. “We have five children and are very family oriented and we are thrilled to share our amazing, unique product with Rose City.”
The grand opening of Rose City Sweets included a visit from Santa Claus, who was at the bakery to take photos for free. Anyone who made a purchase during the event had a chance to win free pasta for a year, one dozen per month.
Small Businesses Fireside Bath Co. and Dangling Divas also sold bathroom supplies and jewelry for last-minute Christmas shopping. HTeaO was at the event with mini gallons of tea to buy.
Rose City Sweets is located at 13233 Frankston Highway at 903-266-0382. Opening hours Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00.
For more information, visit the Rose City Sweets Facebook page.