An Anniversary


Tomorrow, October 17, is the 8th anniversary of our little bakery.  I call it “our” bakery because so many people have helped to make it a reality.

The bakery came to be at the lowest point in my life.  I was going through a nasty divorce, had lost my job, and thought that my life would never be a happy place again.  It was at this time that my friends Mike and Nikki Ogles offered to help start “Suzanne’s Bakery and Eatery”.

Mike and I have known each other since the first grade at Athens Bible School.  He was one of the boys that, during high school, would barge into the HomeEc room and eat what the girls had made for class that day.  Even then, we talked about opening a bakery together… some day.

“Some day” was October 17, 2005.

The bakery has been a first job for several teenagers around town.  Both of my daughters worked there and my nephew, Ethan, is working there now.  It has been a gathering place for family and friends and a lifeline for me.

It has taken a lot of hard work…more than I ever expected.  It has taken a lot of sweat and tears…more than I could have imagined.  And it has given me so much joy…more than I could have ever anticipated.

I have learned a lot…and I’m learning more every day.  I have made lots of new friends and have solidified my relationships with old friends.

And it has taught me that God is good, all the time.  Even when it felt as if the world had turned it’s back on me, God knows and sees and cares.

So, come and visit.  Eat lunch…or a piece of cake.  Relax and enjoy!

Thank you God, thank you family, and thank you friends.  It’s been a great ride, and I am ever thankful.


We have cookie decorating parties…and have tons of fun!


We play games, eat, and decorate cookies.


At Suzanne’s, you can have your cake and eat it too!  Stop in if you can, and if you can’t…go ahead and drool!  I won’t tell!

6 responses »

  1. Congratulations to Suzanne’s Bakery- She has helped me celebrate so many things in the last years- birthdays, anniversary’s, a wedding, celebration cake for my Mom ending radiation treatments, work meetings and luncheons, – I can ask for anything and Suzanne will make it happen- She made a spot-on X-ray cake of my knee for Dr Lawrence and his team to say Thank You for their work on my knee! She may think I ask for the moon sometimes- but Suzanne’s Bakery never lets me down. I look forward to many more calories from her talents. Congratulations Suzanne!

    • Thanks, Christa. You and your mama are some of my favorite people. 8 years has flown by quick. I have a picture of your mama and daddy eating in the bakery right after it opened!

  2. Congradulations Suzanne i’m happy for you and you have some delicious items (too many to mention) you make. I hope you have many many years baking and cooking for your store. God bless you and your family and friends. Denise (Nunley) Durkee

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