From Magnolia to Merle Norman to Sweet & Southern
The Sweet & Southern structure was built in 1923 and operated as Magnolia Station. The building was later used as a taxi service before it was acquired by Karyn's grandfather in 1983. A family friend, Joan Cabaniss, was a student at the University of Texas at the time and for a class project in her architectural program designed the built out that enclosed the covering for what is now the northeast side of the building. For many years, Karyn's grandmother, mother, and Aunt operated a Merle Norman store out of the building. Throughout the 90s to the present, Stacy Ronzovak has run her nail business out of the building as the one constant through the various tenants that have leased the space from the family. Most recently, a peruvian restaurant operated out of the building, and judging by the number of folks stopping in after Karyn has taken over, the restaurant was a big hit in town. Based on this investment in the kitchen by her grandfather, Karyn will be partnering with a bakery, reminiscent of the old tea-room days. Quiche & Crumb, run by Tammy Selvera will focus on quiche, cinnamon rolls, and other specialty baked goods.