A recent graduate of Marist College with a degree in journalism and fashion merchandising, Corinna is back on the rock trying (and Instagramming) the coolest new places. She lives for miniature food (cupcakes, dim sum, Bantam Bagel bagel bites at Starbucks), her two puppies and traveling.
My family has always liked mochi filled with azuki, but I was never a fan of the sweet red beans. Then on my Instagram feed I discovered a complete game changer: mochi-covered brownies by Tambry and Mochi (7.3k followers). When Tambry followed up with mochi-covered cookie dough, mochi-covered cookie butter and mochi-covered strawberry cheesecake, we were driving out to Ewa to pick up our orders.
Then Tambry and Mochi found a brick-and-mortar home at Sweet Treats by Kris in Waipahu, and we discovered a whole sweet world of local Instagram superstars.
That was Kris Louie’s plan when she opened Sweet Treats. Louie started the business from her home and grew a fan base on Instagram (2.7k followers). When she and her husband purchased the Waipahu Plantation Marketplace, where Arakawa’s used to be, she decided to open up a store there and share the space with other Instagram bakers.
“My main goal is to help other small businesses,” Louie says, “I could fill the store with my own products if I had enough time, but this isn’t only my store.”
It’s a great idea that’s a win for all. Louie finds local snack makers with large followings on Instagram but no stores of their own, and offers them shelf space at Sweet Treats. They promote each other on Instagram, and followers who come in discover treats by up to 20 other bakers.
Louie makes cake pops, edible cookie dough, sweet puffs with chantilly, mini macarons and character macarons for Sweet Treats by Kris. The most popular item is her unicorn macaron, but she’s also created Disney tsum tsum, fidget spinner and Pua (the pig from “Moana”) macarons that are almost too cute to eat!
What else will you find?
- Cheesecakes by Chelle, 1.1k followers—mini-cheesecakes in flavors like cookie butter, ube, chocolate peanut butter and original
- Not Just Cakes, 10.3k followers—poi crunch, banana crunch and the seasonal pumpkin crunch
- Mandy’s Munchie’s, 2.2k followers—gourmet marshmallows in flavors like pineapple, lilikoi, banana split and coconut
- Shara Sweets 808, 2.3k followers—parfaits in flavors such as ube, lemon crunch, cookies and cream and red velvet
“I always wanted to open up a bakery and now the vendors, the customers and I are like a large, mixed family. Everything just came together nicely and it feels complete,” Louie says.