We are firm believers in the importance of the third place; somewhere in the community where everyone feels welcome, accessible delicious food abounds, and warm ambiance greets all who visit. On Topsail Island, that place is Sugar Island Bakery, whose customers gush about not only the high-quality baked goods and coffee but also the incredible customer service, which always leaves you walking away feeling like family. Owner Samantha Smith, the self-described “ringmaster of this circus,” creates a fun and lighthearted environment full of whimsy, evident in everything she makes: from decadent multilayer cakes and signature jam bars to the local art and cookbooks that line the shelves.
Part bakery café with a dash of gift shop and a hint of bookstore, Sugar Island offers a little bit of everything to locals and tourists alike. Grab a coffee and pastry to-go, or head to their upstairs lounge area designed to look like a cozy library or living room. Filled with antique tables and books, Sugar Island Bakery is a wonderful place for meeting with friends, or finding the perfect nook for hunkering down solo after a long week.
It’s clear that love for baked goods, books, and making people happy are the driving forces behind this gem of a business.We are so honored that our nut butters are on their shelves and in their beautifully executed confections!
Update: Building on the success of Sugar Island Bakery, the Smith family recently opened Farm to Island Market, a small grocery store dedicated to bringing the best local produce, meats, and products to their community!