Bakery to bring new flavor to village

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, November 15, 2011

COAL GROVE — Sugar and Spice and everything nice.

That’s what Coal Grove native Heidi Clark wants to bring to the village and Lawrence County.

Clark owns Spice of Life Catering and Events, which opened in 2007, and is embarking on a new adventure for her business.

Heidi Clark, left, and Crissy Pratt display their talents and their new bakery, Sugar and Spice, located off of State Route 243.

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Sugar and Spice Sweets To Go, located at 821 Marion Pike in the village beside Spice of Life, will be a one-stop shop for decadent desserts and pastries when it opens Dec. 1.

“I get excited about bakeries and there aren’t many around Lawrence County,” Clark said.

Since her catering business took off about four years ago, Clark said she has gotten praises about her desserts and sweet treats, which is why she decided to try a stand-alone bakery.

“Everybody likes sugar,” Clark said.

Sugar and Spice will feature cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, donuts, fudge, potato candy and of course, cream horns.

“That’s always the most popular item in any bakery,” she said.

A mother of two boys, ages 6 and 8, Clark said juggling both shops will be a challenge, but one that she is up to because of “good employees and the grace of God.”

In addition to the homemade goodies, Clark said she will offer candies from Coblentz Chocolate Company and cheesecake from Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago, melting chocolate for dipping, nostalgic candy, hot chocolate, coffee and apple cider.

Right now, Clark, her father and husband and working to get the small shop remodeled for the grand opening, but she said she is already accepting holiday orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Clark said she has already gotten some enthusiastic feedback about her bakery from people in the village.

“People sound excited about it, and hopefully people will follow through,” she said. “I hope the word spreads outside the county as well.”

Sugar and Spice Sweets To Go and Spice of Life Catering and Events are on Facebook. Clark said daily specials will be listed on the site once the shop opens. To place holiday orders, call (740) 547-4500.

Just as with any business venture, there are risks involved, but Clark said she is ready to take that risk.

“I’m not in it to be a millionaire,” she said. “I just want to do what I love.”