Bakery and florist bring a sweet touch to Chula Vista

A pastry shop at 216 Third Avenue in Chula Vista is getting a fresh start while honoring its sweet beginnings. Formerly known as Chico Bakery, the store was remodeled and reinvented as Dulcet Bakery and welcomed a sister store next door, Tallo Floral Artistry.

The light pink bakery is owned by Ivana Fernandez, who creates a wide variety of sweet and savory creations, from croissants and muffins to custom cakes decorated with elaborate designs. Along with learning her skills at the Culinary Education Institute in Pasadena, Fernandez credits her baking skills to her mother, who owned Chico Bakery before retiring and passing it on to her daughter.

“It’s a small store…not many people know that,” Fernandez said. “It’s so exciting when people come back and say ‘this is so good’ and make the trip even though it’s out of the way.”

The bakery celebrated its rebranding in July with a grand opening for Tallo, the new flower shop co-owned by Fernandez and her best friend, Isabella Tejeda. With its name meaning “stem” in Spanish, the Latina-owned store specializes in selling stem flowers. The color palette and variety of flowers change every day.

Tejeda, who learned floral art from her grandmother and through floral design classes in Mexico, says no bouquet will ever look the same because customers have the creative freedom to choose the flowers they want. in their arrangement.

Bouquets start at $25 and single flowers can be pre-ordered. Tejeda says she tries to avoid carrying commercial choices, instead offering unique species of flowers like lisianthus and buttercups.

The store also offers a dried flower bar, stationery and other accessories.

Call Dulcet at (619) 691-6386 or follow him on Instagram at

Call Tallo at (619) 554-2791 or find him on Instagram at @tallofloral.

Roxana Becerril is a freelance writer.

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