"You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. I’m putting you on a light stand—shine! Be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven." Matt. 5:14-16 MSSG
Sweet Bakes was born in 2014 around a dining room table and a piece of old fashioned crumb cake. It had long been a dream of owner Shell Snyder to own her own bakery. After having her first daughter and leaving an amazing company of 9 years, she was looking for a way to bring in some extra income while staying at home. As she tirelessly searched for "work from home" jobs online, she decided to take a break and bake up her favorite crumb cake. Back at the computer with a warm piece in hand, she heard a still small voice say..."Do this." And so she did! Starting a home-based bakery and selling to coffee shops and customers in Nashville was just the beginning. It wasn't until Shell's family planted roots in one of the greatest towns on earth, Columbia, TN that they found their fit.
"In the summer of 2016, right before we moved to Columbia, we heard the Lord in that same still small voice say, 'Make donuts.' Which was hilarious because the first and only time I ever made donuts was a disaster. But I quickly got to work making SO MANY DONUTS until I finally perfected a recipe that I was happy with!
I love the business of making old-fashioned donuts for a couple reasons. One, because they are the best kind of donut out there and nothing beats a fresh cake donut. But more importantly I love it because it creates an excuse or a space to get out with your family and loved ones to share not only a sweet treat but to create sweet memories that you’ll cherish forever. It feels like life slows down a bit here at our truck, even with a long line. We talk and laugh with our customers and get to be a part of their lives while inviting them to be a part of ours. Donuts have long been a tradition for our family and we are blessed to share the love with those who stop by."
Shell hopes that with every donut she and her team share and every interaction that they have, they will reflect the love of Christ.
"We have been abundantly blessed and are so grateful for this amazing town and the support we have received from the community and the other amazing local businesses. Sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself...Is this real life? I look around at who surrounds me and can say with surety and a glad heart, this is the sweet life."