Just 15 months after the Sweetlife Bakery & Café began sending a bevy of sweet and savory aromas wafting around San Anselmo Ave., owners Jennifer and Dana Sulprizio have pulled the plug on the popular local gathering spot.
The Sulprizios could not be reached for comment, but Jennifer Sulprizio confirmed the closure on the café’s Facebook page this week.
“It is with a heavy heart that I closed the doors to Sweetlife,” she wrote. “Just as it has been said that ‘Sweetlife was a wonderful addition to the community,’ so too have Sweetlifes' patrons and employees become a wonderful addition to my life. I will remember you always and have cherished the time we spent together. Thank you everyone for your support and kindness.”
A former employee who declined to be named told Patch that Jennifer Sulprizio told employees on Feb. 14 that it was their last day, noting that the rent was too high and that she couldn't keep the place open any longer.
Sulprizio’s Facebook post drew a number of disappointed commenters, including Heidi Mejía, who wrote: “I am so very sorry. We were there at least once a week, and we grew very fond of everyone. Michael Mejía and I wish everyone our very best, and hope to see you all locally. It would be a terrible shame for San Anselmo to lose such great talents
The Sulprizios have a long history in Marin. They owned the Olema Inn from 1998 to 2007, when they sold it to Carole and Thomas Wiltshire before they moved to Nova Scotia, where Jennifer Sulprizio grew up. The Wiltshires sold the Olema Inn in 2012 to Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong, who also own the currently closed Manka’s Inverness Lounge.
The Sulprizios returned to Marin and opened Sweetlife in November 2011.
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