Nona's Sweets is bringing its specialty cakes, cookies, desserts and candy to North Tryon Street.
The bakery expects to open this week in the former Hollywood Video location at the J.W. Clay Boulevard entrance to University Place.
The new location will give the Italian bakery more room to display treats, offer classes and cake-decorating parties, and showcase its popular cupcake bar, where customers get to dress up "naked" cupcakes with their choice of frostings and toppings.
"It's listening to our customers and offering what they are asking for," explained co-owner Dominica Clementi.
Clementi operates Nona's Sweets with her mother and father, Jo-Ann and Nick Morlando. They opened the bakery in 2004 at the nearby Terraces at University Place shopping center. Nona means grandmother in Italian, and the bakery's extensive offerings include several family recipes.
The bakery website displays scores of treats such as Italian Ricotta Cheesecake, Cannoli, Tiramisu and Double Chocolate Brownies. Many items are available daily at the bakery; all items can be ordered ahead of time; a few items also can be shipped.
Offerings at the bakery change with the season.
"We're doing a lot of things for Thanksgiving," Clementi said, "like pumpkin scones, pumpkin turnovers, pumpkin cream horns and a great apple harvest cake that people enjoy." In December the bakery will offer items such as orange cranberry cake and peppermint crunch loaf cake.
The new location will allow Nona's Sweets to expand its product line to include donuts and bread. "Our new pastry chef does bread very, very well," Clementi said.
There also will be room for people to eat their treats and sip coffee and cold beverages. Moving to the North Tryon Street location will also improve the bakery's visibility – to traffic on North Tryon Street now and to light-rail passengers in the future. One of the planned stations for the line between uptown and UNC Charlotte will go in front of the bakery.
The new location "is perfection," Clementi said, and even though some customers from other parts of Charlotte have tried to get them to relocate, she and her parents knew that Nona's Sweets belongs here.
"Everywhere we go there is a need for us, but we really felt University City is the heart of all these other communities," she said. "We knew University City is where we wanted to be."
Hanna Miller of University City Magazine writes the following article about Nona's Sweets owners/cancer survivors...As two Charlotte women embellish hundreds of cookies with pink ribbons this October, they'll also be stirring in heartfelt wishes for women everywhere.
Dominica Clementi and her mother, Jo-Ann Morlando, owners of Nona's Sweets in University City, hope the cookies iced with the breast-cancer support emblem will increase women's awareness.
If it starts one person thinking “‘It's October, I've got to go get a mammogram,'” says Clementi, “it's good.”
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Clementi and Morlando know well the importance of early detection practices.Morlando has survived three bouts with malignancies, all treated by surgery. She's hadovarian, colon and squamous-cell skin cancer. The first struck when she was still in her 20s, and the last some fi ve years ago.
In September of last year, Clementi and her mother both were jolted when a hysterectomy revealed that Clementi was suff ering from a rare type of lymphoma. “One in a bajillion people get lymphoma in their cervix,” Clementi says. She underwent three months of chemotherapy.
Amaretto Swirl Fudge, Chocolate Raspberry Truffles, and Giant Sugar cookies...have we stumbled into an adventure straight fromWilly Wonka's chocolate factory?
If you're on the search for the most delightfully decadent, premium desserts that have been handed down generation after generation, then Nona's Sweets, located at The Terraces at University Place is a dream come true for your sweetest tooth.
The idea for Nona's Sweets started at home, in the kitchen of Nick and Jo-Ann Morlando along with their daughter Dominica Clementi. The Morlandos started baking cakes and desserts for friends and family. Soon, the delectable edibles became the “talk of the town” and strangers were asking them to bake cakes for functions such as birthdays, baby showers, and weddings. Then in 2004, from what started simply by wordof- mouth grew into a full-retail business which offers over 100 temptations ready to go.
Offering treats such as morning pastries, coffee service, cookies, cupcakes and other Italian goodies; everything at Nona's has been prepared right at the bakery. “We use only the freshest ingredients, traditional recipes and old-fashioned baking”, states Dominica.
Nona's is more than just fabulous desserts: they participate in several fundraisers throughout the year. During the month of October, Nona's Sweets is offering Pink Ribbon Cookies in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. All proceeds from the cookies will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Carolina Bride Magazine features Nona's Sweets as the selected wedding cake designer for Carolina Panther, Thomas Davis and his bride Kelly in the July/September 2008 issue on page 48 - 52. Their wedding will be televised and showcased on the very popular Platinum Weddings on WE TV during the Fall of 2008.
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