The Sweet Shop is city’s newest eatery

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The sweet smell of cake and cookies wafted throughout The Sweet Shop, Atmore’s newest eatery on Medical Park Drive.

Owners Vickie Amos and Connie Ard, of Atmore and Walnut Hill, Fla., respectively, said they were looking to establish an eatery here because there wasn’t any where else that offered making birthday cakes, wedding cakes and specialty cakes, among others.

“We want to put our sweets on display for people to come in and just buy a piece at a time, or a cooking for lunch to take home for the kids,” Amos said. “And, maybe come back the next day and have breakfast or lunch with us.”

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The specialty cakes include German chocolate, chocolate, red velvet and sweet potato pies, to name a few.

Ard described The Sweet Shop’s style of cooking as one would find at home.

“Basically, we wanted to stay with the simple, old-fashioned way,” Ard said. “Basically, what your grandmother would’ve cooked for you.”

Ard said the cakes are made from buttercream and cream cheese, just like the old fashioned way.

Other than cakes and cookies, among other sweets, including pies and cakes and just about any type of desert, The Sweet Shop also caters to those without much of a sweet tooth as it offers a breakfast and lunch menu.

“We’ll just about anything you want,” Ard said about the breakfast. “We’ll do pancakes. We have a breakfast platter, grits and eggs, a choice of meat, toast and biscuit and drink, for $6.

“Every morning, we make homemade buttermilk biscuits,” she said.

For lunch, The Sweet Shop offers a salad bar, sandwiches and starting this week, a hot entrée will be served every day except Saturdays.

Ard said if there’s something a customer wants specifically, all they need to do is ask for it.

“If we can do it, we’ll do it,” she said.

Additionally, The Sweet Shop is available for rental space for after-hours events.

Amos and Ard have an extensive background in cake making, and cooking in general.

In fact, The Sweet Shop holds a special place in Ard’s heart because she bought the original restaurant from Jack Dew in 1995 when it was located across from First National Bank and Trust.

“I started out at Catfish Junction at the interstate,” Ard said. “After that, I worked at Hall’s Seafood and Golden Corral.”

Amos said they met and became best friends when Ard hired her at the Catfish Junction.

Amos said they are not interested in competing with anybody else here.

“We didn’t want to have something outrageously priced,” she said. “We just wanted to keep it low, keep it simple to where someone can come in and afford to buy a cupcake for a $1. We don’t want to compete with anybody.”

The Sweet Shop is open from Tuesday until Saturday, from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.