FLINT TWP. — When it came to finding a location for her bakery, Amy Warner knew exactly where she wanted to be. “I’m a Flint gal,” she said. “I grew up here and I wanted my business in Flint because I’m a big, proud supporter of Flint.”
True to her word, Warner recently opened Sweet Harvest Bakery at G- 3316 Miller Rd. in the Yorkshire Plaza. After spending 25 years in retail, 17 of which were in retail management, Warner, who now lives in Grand Blanc, decided to take her passion for baking and turn into a business.
“I’ve been baking my entire life,” she said. “When the big cupcake craze happened, I was right in the middle.”
As a full-time business student, Warner developed her entire business plan while taking classes.
“I did a bakery as my subject for everything,” she said.
“When I turned
40, I decided it was time to leave the mall and open my business.” At Sweet
Warner, along with volunteers, whip up batches and batches of cupcakes every day.
With more than 30 flavors, cupcake lovers can try The Peppermint Twist, which is a vanilla cupcake with peppermint frosting; Teacher’s Pet, which is an apple cupcake with brown sugar butter cream frosting; Around the Campfire, which is a chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker butter cream frosting topped with marshmallows; The Hoff, which is a German chocolate cupcake with caramel pecan frosting; and No Stout About It, which is a chocolate stout cupcake with chocolate frosting.
One of the bakery’s most popular flavors is Dark Passenger, a chocolate cupcake filled with ganache and topped with chocolate fudge frosting. “We’re Dexter fans,” she said of the cupcake.
Warner and Sweet Harvest Bakery were recently featured on ABC12 and since then, Warner said business has really taken off.
“We’re selling about 100 cupcakes a day. It’s been seriously crazy,” she said.
Cupcakes, which are the bakery’s biggest seller, are $2.25 each, $8.50 for a four-pack, $12 for a six-pack and $22 for a dozen. For special orders, Warner asks for a 90-minute notice on regular cupcake flavors. Individuals wanting to order multiple flavors of cupcakes need to give the bakery a 24-hour notice.
The bakery also offers cookies, four-inch cheesecakes, fudge brownies, magic bars, jumbo muffins, baked donuts and harvest bites, which are bite-size confections. Cookies are $.60 each, $3.50 for a six-pack and $6.50 for a dozen. Bars and such are $2.25 each, $6.50 for a three-pack and $12 for a six-pack. Jumbo muffins are $2.25 each, and baked donuts are $1 each. Harvest bites are $.60 each, $1 for a two-pack and $6 for a dozen. A single, fourinch cheesecake is $7.
Sweet Harvest Bakery offers vegan, sugar free and low fat options for customers. “We really emphasis the vegan aspect,” Warner said. “We have a large vegan selection.” For vegan cupcakes, the bakery needs a 90-minute notice.
As a special event for vegans, Sweet Harvest Bakery will hold a monthly, vegan social. This month’s social is 2-4 p.m. Jan. 23 and features baked goods for sampling and live music. Cost is $5 in advance, $6 at the door.
Along with hosting socials, Sweet Harvest Bakery also gives back to the community. Each month, the bakery picks a local charity and donates $.50 from each cupcake to that charity.
“We involve ourselves in the community,” Warner said. For January, the bakery has teamed with The Old Newsboys of Flint and the special cupcake flavor for the charity is … and a smile, which is a double fudge Coca-Cola cupcake with a Coca-Cola butter cream. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the bakery offers a variety of gift baskets, ranging from $5-150.
Sweet Harvest Bakery also uses as many Michigan-based products as possible in items. In addition to its regular menu items, Sweet Harvest Bakery takes special orders for weddings, showers, cupcake scenes and other special events. Not all flavors are on hand, so customers are encouraged to call ahead and check for availability or to special order. Warner offers free delivery in Genesee County on orders more than $50 and $1 for deliveries anywhere around the Genesee Valley Center area.
Store hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Customers need to call for Sunday hours. For more information on Sweet Harvest Bakery, including menu items and special orders, call 810-732-2026, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sweetharvestbakery.com. Sweet Harvest Bakery also is on Facebook and Twitter, @sweetharvest.