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Ohio's Sugar Shak soothes the sweet tooth

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- If you're in the Chesapeake, Ohio area and have a sweet tooth, you might want to give the Sugar Shak a try.

Established in 2011, the small bakery offers a wide mix of gourmet cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts and other pastries.

"There was a florist and we took over," said Tammy Stewart, who is owner and operator along with her husband Jerry Stewart. "It took us about six months of remodeling and moving in the equipment. "I've worked in some little restaurants here and there, but I started baking at home. We've always been into different little businesses."

The bakery has also rolled out a lunch menu which includes hamburgers ( $5), pork barbecue ($5) and hot dogs served with homemade sauce (two for $3). There is also a taco salad ($5) and a chicken salad croissant ($5). Deliveries are available in the Chesapeake area.

"We just try to listen to our customers and keep what they like," Stewart said. "We keep trying different things and creating different flavors. I would say the most popular lunch items are the chicken salad croissants and the hamburgers."

On the sweeter side of things, the Sugar Shak's collection of cupcakes range in flavors from a traditional birthday to red velvet, coconut cream, Oreo and lemon. Cupcakes range in price from 99 cents to $1.89. Cookies sell for 79 cents, and doughnuts are available for 89 cents. Customers can custom order cakes starting at $20. Custom cakes with cartoon characters such as "My Little Pony," "Curious George" and "The Smurfs" can be custom ordered for children's birthday parties. If you would like a small to mid-sized cake, call about two days in advance. Very large cakes, like wedding cakes, need to ordered about three weeks in advance.

"We're usually here about five or six in the morning and keep baking until 9 a.m.," Stewart said. "We are getting ready for the fall when we'll start offering rock candy, pumpkin rolls, pies and caramel apples. We also do fundraisers for the band at Chesapeake High School. We will be selling cupcakes and caramel apples at every home game and half the proceeds will go to the band. Pumpkin rolls are also a big fundraiser. We also support Team Toni 5K Memorial. We have done similar fundraisers for Chesapeake High School and South Point in the past."

Sugar Shak is located at 413 Third Ave., Chesapeake. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Cash, checks and most major credit/debit cards are accepted. Gift cards are also available.

For carry-out orders or more information, call 740-867-2424.

Sugar Shak

Type: Bakery, desserts, sandwiches

Address: 413, Third Ave., Chesapeake, Ohio

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday

Phone: 304-760-8980

Forms of payment: Cash, check and most major credit cards