Earlier this year my family and I moved from Colorado Springs to a rural community in southwest Missouri. My husband arrived in Missouri first to start working. It was then that he spotted a little red and white sign off the side of the road reading, “Sweets and Smiles Bakery”. Knowing I love coffee shops and local cafes, he encouraged me to find it as soon as I arrived.

Wherever I go, I usually seek out the small, local businesses to shop or eat at. As a microbusiness owner, I appreciate it when folks choose to do business with me. Similarly, I think it’s important that I support local and small businesses as well.

A LITTLE SURPRISE

Following my husband’s recommendation, I hunted down this little bakery. It was definitely off the beaten path – even for a rural area. Coming from a much bigger city, I found myself genuinely curious as to how some of these little businesses stay open.

The first time I stopped in, I was the only car in the grey gravel parking lot. The bakery is a little red cedar log building standing alone against the thick growth of the Missouri Ozarks. It seemed so isolated. Their sign was not visible at first and I almost passed the tiny building.

I have grown accustomed to the stellar independent cafes and coffee shops in Colorado Springs. The food culture there is amazing. The diversity and quantity of scrumptious cafes to choose from kept me busy and my tummy full (not to mention my hips round!). I tried a new place almost every week. I’d meet friends for coffee, breakfast, or simply get away to do a little work. So I guess you could say I’m really spoiled and my expectations are high.

I braced myself for what I’d find in this cute, but tiny bakery. As soon as I stepped in, I knew it was going to be good.

The decor was really well done, clean, and inviting. Rows of gorgeous cupcakes looked too beautiful to eat. I chatted with a sweet woman behind the counter who was a friend of the owner. She helped me choose several dessert options to take home to my husband and son. I bagged them all up and drove off. We devoured each one that night after dinner.

However, before I left the bakery, I happened to notice that they served a couple of breakfast items. Since I LOVE breakfast, I tucked that info into the back of my head for a future visit.

(READ: The Story Behind Sweets and Smiles Bakery)

THEY HAD ME AT SIRACHA (and frosting)

The following week I made sure to plan my errands around a breakfast stop at the bakery. This time I ordered a quiche to-go (with siracha and cheese sauce) and grabbed a few cupcakes to take home.

The quiche with siracha sauce was SCRUMPTIOUS!

Since then, I’ve been back a few times to enjoy a bacon hashbrown quiche with siracha sauce. Plus, whatever fresh muffin or danish suits my fancy that day. Even Amanda, the owner’s daughter, knows exactly what I want as soon as I walk in the door. 😊

I can honestly say it’s the best bakery I’ve been to – and I’m more of a savory gal than a sweet-tooth type. But the unique flavors in their cupcakes keep me coming back. (And the quiche. Did I mention they have good quiche?)

Not surprisingly, my family and I are not the only ones who love the treats at Sweets and Smiles. Most mornings, you’ll find this little cafe packed with locals enjoying a fresh Blueberry Cream Cheese danish, Biscuits and Gravy, or treating themselves to a cupcake for breakfast!

If you live in the Branson area, you MUST go here. And if you ever come out for vacation to Table Rock Lake or Branson, be sure to make this one of your stops. (Preferably the 1st day. You’ll be sad you missed out on all the other days if you wait until the end of your trip. #justsayin)

You can find the Sweets and Smiles Bakery on business Highway 13 between Branson West and Kimberling City. (14965 Business 13, Reeds Spring, MO 65737)

Oh, if you go…invite me, too!