Southington bakery launches monthly book club

SOUTHINGTON — There’s a new book club coming to central Connecticut.

Hardcore Sweet Bakery in Southington’s Factory Square, winner of multiple TV baking contests including Cupcake Wars, recently announced its latest endeavor. The bakery is gearing up to hold the first of its sweet monthly book club get together's on Feb. 27.

The first selection is “The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires,” a modern horror novel by Grady Hendrix. While the book features an all-female book club that is plagued by blood-thirsty ghouls, the Hardcore Sweet Bakery Book Club is open to any gender. The inclusive group welcomes any and all who want to participate. (Vampires can come too, as long as they’re benevolent.) 

Signing up ahead of time for the event will earn you a $5 dollar coupon for use at any of the Perkatory Coffee Roasters locations, exclusive swag, and a themed dessert item that coordinates with each monthly selection! The bakery offers monthly and tri-monthly subscriptions for the ongoing event, and you can check their website or social media for updates regarding book selection, dates, and more. 

The book club will be run in part by Nicole Braddock, who owns Hardcore Sweet Bakery with husband Jeremy Braddock. She, alongside Tara Hetrick and Jazz Whitney, two employees-turned-friends, are the creative minds behind the club who will work together to manage the ongoing event.

When asked about the origins of the bookish endeavor, Hetrick said, ”We just are three great friends which fate brought into each other’s lives.” When the book-lovers bonded over their shared passion, what started as a playful idea quickly formed into the exciting planning phases of the club. Wanting to share their awesome space and book-talk with a larger community, the three decided to take steps toward establishing and promoting the club.

Hetrick continued, “It is hard making friends as an adult and this is a great way to sit and chat up books and relax. We all have kids and are married. We just want to talk about great stories with new bookish friends.” 

For a delectable afternoon in an unconventional yet Instagram-worthy space with fellow bibliophiles, register now to join Hardcore Sweet Bakery’s Book Club. The bakery is located in Factory Square, 169 Center St.   

Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden-based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves and surrounding areas. When she's not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School she's either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!



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