A longtime dream will become a reality with the opening of a new dessert shop in Flower Mound called AshJenn Signature Desserts.

Owner Sharmon Walters said she spent 30 years working full-time in the corporate world before she accepted a severance package from her employer last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Eight years ago, Walters started selling baked goods out of her home as a side gig. She said her retirement has since given her the freedom to follow her dream and open a bakery, which will be located at 2601 Lakeside Parkway, Ste. 150, Flower Mound.

The bakery is named after Walters’ daughters, Ashley and Jennifer. Walters said when her eldest daughter, Ashley, died in 2013, Walters realized that life was unpredictable. She said she decided then to start saving money and planning for her future business.

As construction on the bakery wraps up, Walters said she has heard her daughter’s voice inspiring her: “Go, Mom! You can do this.”

The bakery is tentatively set to open in May. It will serve cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, banana pudding and other assorted goodies, many of them in miniature form. Walters will also offer gluten-free and plant-based vegan treats. Cupcakes and cookies for dogs will also be sold. 214-334-6896. www.ashjenn.com