The business, which opened in 2012, is the latest to close on a block with several long-term vacancies.
BROCKTON – Lisa’s Sweet Tooth, a quaint bakery and cake shop that brought a splash of color to a downtown block struggling with vacancies, closed abruptly late last month after seven years in business.
The bakery’s pink and purple interior, which brightened a less than vibrant gateway to downtown long-dominated by a recently demolished former department store, has no remaining signs of life except for a menu of party cakes chalked into a forgotten blackboard.
The counters and food displays that Brockton native Lisa Rodrigues built her business behind, which once boasted cupcakes, coffee, ice cream and empanadas have all but disappeared.
Rodrigues had expressed plans to expand the bakery into a sidewalk café as the city government’s revitalization efforts began to make a difference on her stretch of Main Street, where several commercial buildings have sat unused for years.
Speaking after a groundbreaking for a state unemployment office that’s set to replace the abandoned department store across the street, Rodrigues sounded excited by the potential boost the new construction could give her business.
“With a new building, people are going to feel more invited to sit on Belmont Street and have an ice cream, a sandwich or a coffee,” she said in November. “I’m definitely going to look into that this spring.”
But the chance never came for Rodrigues, who said health problems prevented her from staying open. The storefront was emptied out last week.
Reached by email, Rodrigues said, “I moved about a month ago. Currently transitioning to move out of state.”
A talented cake artist who could whip up elaborate custom designs on short notice, Rodrigues grew up in Brockton just a few blocks from where she opened her business in 2012.
The closure of Lisa’s Sweet Tooth creates another empty storefront on a block that’s seen several long-term vacancies following the closures of Sweeney’s Bar and Grille, the Ann’s Palace function room and the Quality Foods grocery.
When The Enterprise last spoke with Rodrigues in November, she described her stretch of Main Street, where cars line up for blocks to enter downtown but most of the foot traffic is for in-and-out trips to the Western Union office in her building, as “a little bit sad.”
“It’s kind of like a ghost town,” Rodrigues said.
Staff writer Ben Berke can be reached at [email protected]
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