My Sweet Art brings France to Cape Coral, Prime de Leon closed and more

 As she piped raspberry jam onto airy macaron cookies, Yveline Mauclerc looked like an old pro.“I make this myself, of course,” Mauclerc said, smiling. “All of this, I make it all.”Judging by her chef’s coat and her neatly tied apron, you’d never guess this was Mauclerc’s first bakery. The pastry case brimming with glistening tartlets and fruit-marbled cheesecakes doesn’t give it away, either.But My Sweet Art is just 3 weeks old.The French pastry shop and café opened May 4 in the former Nelly’s Taste of Greece space at 290 Nicholas Parkway NW, Cape Coral. It’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Mauclerc, a dream born in the town of Dreux just west of Paris.“When I was 11, I said in the future I will go to America,” said Mauclerc, who owns My Sweet Art with her husband and fellow Frenchman, Eric Perez.“I met Eric and he loves, too, cooking, so he said if you do that, I will do it, too.”Two years ago, Mauclerc left her job in the chemical industry to study pastry and baking at Ecole Lenotre in Paris. She’d always loved baking for family and friends, now she had the skills to do it for the public at large.She and Perez knew they wanted to live in Florida, so they flew into Miami last year and trekked around the state trying to figure out which area suited them best.Orlando was too far from the beaches. Tampa and Miami were too hectic and too expensive.Their first impressions of Cape Coral were that it was too quiet, but once they found this spot and researched the Cape’s bakery options, “we think, maybe it’s good,” Mauclerc said. “It’s calm, but a lot of people.”My Sweet Art is a simple space. A mural of the Eiffel Tower graces the right wall, with the same Nelly’s tables and chairs overlooking the same open kitchen. Perez is in charge of the café’s savory dishes — quiche made with leeks and goat Continue Reading

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