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Emily Norris and Bruce Stevens welcome you to their new establishment. (Bruce Stevens photo)

Emily Norris and Bruce Stevens welcome you to their new establishment. (Bruce Stevens photo)

Sweet treats trump sleep.

Hot on the heels of their wedding and moving into a new house, and while juggling full-time jobs at local eateries, Emily Norris and Bruce Stevens are getting into the cupcake business.

Their latest joint venture, Emily’s Sweets & Treats (two doors down from Norris’ parents business, Kapaws Iskreme, on Front Street) opens 10 AM Monday, Oct. 27.

At the moment the front door opens and the smell of fresh baked goodies (plus a whiff of freshly brewed espresso) hits the streets, it’ll be just the start for the duo.

Bruce is the executive sous chef at Christopher’s on Whidbey, while Emily is on the wait staff at Front Street Grill.

Continuing to work their first jobs, caring for a fairly new dog at home and opening a seven-day-a-week business (the shop will be open 10-4) will take commitment, hustle and hard work.

But it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up, after the building that housed the Mariti Chocolate Company for the past 17 years suddenly came available this summer.

Norris has done special orders for cupcakes in her spare time, including several events where she paired wines with her desserts for Front Street Grill and Vail’s Wine Shop.

Now, having a full-time shop gives her a chance to explore a field where she recently discovered she had a passion.

“I made a cake for my best friend on a Valentine’s Day,” Norris said. “I found I really enjoyed it.

“I made cake, I made her day, it was great!”

After taking over the location, the couple redecorated, brought in shiny new equipment (including a snazzy espresso machine) and prepared to take the plunge into being business owners of a shop that combines cuteness with streamlined beauty.

All of the baking will be done on location, with the selection growing as the business does.

Opening day you can expect chocolate chip cookies (which Norris was hand-crafting as she talked about her business venture), peanut butter cookies, brownies, muffins, cupcakes, scones and more.

Hot chocolate will be available to go with the edibles, and the espresso machine, with its 14 flavors of syrup sitting ready (the beans come from JennyBean Custom Coffee in Coupeville), is ready to dispense lattes, Americanos, mochas, steamed milks and the like.

The goal of the cozy little shop, and its down-home owners (Norris is a former Coupeville High School cheerleader, while Stevens hails from the land of Tom Brady), is to be an extension of your own kitchen.

Just without you having to do any of the hard work.

“We’ll have really yummy stuff,” Norris said with a huge smile as she shaped a cookie. “It’ll be like going to a friend’s house and baking something together.”

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Lauren Bayne lights up the net. (John Fisken photo)

Lauren Bayne prepares to torch the net. (John Fisken photo)

Josh Bayne

Josh Bayne, shakin’ and bakin’ on the baseball diamond. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

Bayne watches as CJ Smith throws a runner out. Did I mention, Bayne's mom made cookies? I did? Good, good...

Bayne watches as CJ Smith throws a runner out. Did I mention, Bayne’s mom made cookies? I did? Good, good…

Cookie Wars 2014 rages on, and my sweetest con job pays off like I never anticipated.

CHS track star Julia Felici had no idea what she would launch when she offered to bake me cookies if I wrote about a middle school dance she was putting together.

Now, after Kathy Bayne, mom of Wolf junior Josh and CMS eighth grader Lauren, struck with cookies this morning (I was out of town at a family dinner Friday and missed the baseball game), it’s all-out war.

Ladies! Ladies! Keep baking!!!!!!!

Current scores among team moms/athletes:

Softball – 6
Baseball – 4
Tennis – 1
Track – 1
Soccer – Um…

Hey, if I’m open about being easily bribable, than who’s to say it’s bad thing?

Certainly not me!

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The saints of Coupeville (clockwise from upper left): Miss Emily Licence, Taya Boonstra, Julia Felici and Lisa Roberts-Edlin.

The saints of Coupeville (clockwise from upper left): Emily Licence, Taya Boonstra, Julia Felici and Lisa Roberts-Edlin.

When you cross your fingers and wish upon a star (Sandy B)

  When you wish upon a star (Sandy B), makes no difference who you are, any cookies your heart desires, will come to you.

An-tic-i-PATION.

The Coupeville High School softball squad has laid down the gauntlet in this season of the wonderful cookie, with former Wolf legend Taya Boonstra, current up and coming star Emily Licence and player mom Lisa Roberts-Edlin having become THE GREATEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD by delivering cookies unto me.

The whole delicious shenanigans were kicked-off by CHS track thrower Julia Felici and now these hungry eyes turn to Wolf baseball as we ask a simple question — baseball moms, are you gonna let softball embarrass you like this?!?!?!?

Or, knowing I will be at Robert Sherman field the next two afternoons — the Wolves play a varsity game against ATM Wednesday and a JV game Thursday (4 PM start times) — will you attempt to make a stand?

Will you bring the sweet, sweet bakin’ goodness and answer softball’s challenge?

I hope so, he said with every finger on his body crossed…

And now, to play us out, that bard of Sesame Street, the blue, crumb-covered one, Cookie Monster, playing his favorite tune:

Now what starts with the letter C?
Cookie starts with C
Let’s think of other things
That starts with C
Oh, who cares about the other things?
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C
Hey you know what?
A round cookie with one bite out of it
Looks like a C
A round doughnut with one bite out of it
Also looks like a C
But it is not as good as a cookie
Oh and the moon sometimes looks like a C
But you can’t eat that, so…
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me, yeah!
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C, yeah!
Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C, oh boy!
Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C!

Cookie Monster eats the cookie

Umm-umm-umm-umm-umm

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