Based on the influx of sweet shops, we think it’s safe to say that Nashville has a serious sweet tooth. News of Nashville sweet shops is seemingly neverending — from the expansion of a 35-year-old Nashville bakery Christie Cookie Co. to the opening of spots serving ice cream, croissants, milkshakes, cookie dough and more. But hey, we aren’t complaining! The splendor that comes with indulging in a sweet treat is something we don’t want to live without. Today, we take a look at four new spots that are serving up classic baked goods, milkshakes and edible cookie dough. Thanks to these folks, the flavors of your childhood are readily available.
1512 Eighth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 933-1100
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Surprisingly, it’s not flour or butter that is at the foundation of Baked on 8th. Rather, it’s bringing people together. “I had a vision of being a place where families come to get birthday cakes, and they bring the kids in after school for a cookie or slice of pie,” says owner Leah Carmean, who runs the business with her husband Adam. She hopes Baked on 8th can be to families what Becker’s Bakery was before it closed its doors in 2014.
In September, when Leah and Adam both lost their jobs, they took the jump into opening a bakery. “I came to Belmont in 2006 and studied entrepreneurship and wrote my business plan for a bakery — it has always been my dream,” Leah explains. The couple opened Baked on 8th in June, and each day, families picking out birthday cakes, kids swinging by before and after school for something sweet and folks of all ages marveling over the treats that are as beautiful as they are sweet, bring the bakery to life.
The thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies have been a crowd favorite — as have the whole cakes, cakes by the slice, tarts, banana bread, scones and pretty much anything else they put on the counter. Leah’s (current) personal favorite is the strawberry and cream cookie, and she acknowledges there is nothing better than a box full of cookies. “My favorite things change from day-to-day. That is the fun part about having our own business — we are not limited to someone else’s recipes or only making one thing. It is never boring.” No matter what comes out of the oven, you can guarantee that creating it was a labor of love.
We can’t wait to see the legacy this family business creates.
555 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 375-4934
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“The perfect example is the prosciutto twist. The classic is a ham and cheese croissant — I take prosciutto made in Tennessee, TNcuitto, pair it with ricotta cheese and braid it. This is my version of the ham and cheese croissant. The pastry has a complicated croissant dough as its base, with, basically, a fancy country ham.” David Andrews, owner of D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe, explains his bestseller, and how it reflects his objective to be a modern bakery with a Southern sensibility. “More and more, pastry chefs are making their way into the bakery world and doing something different. I am trying to think of ways to bring techniques you see in New York and Boston and Paris and London and make them familiar to someone who is Southern,” he says.
David is a Nashville native who grew up working with his family business, McClure’s Department Store in Belle Meade. He moved home in 2016 and opened his downtown bakery in late July. He brings with him an impressive resume that includes Gotham Bar & Grill and Kimberly Hotel. “I loved every second of my time in New York, but after 13 years, it was time to come home,” he shares. “There are more buildings and more people, but Nashville is the same. The character of the people is the same, and that says a lot. That is why I wanted to come back.”
Open from morning to night, the bakery and cafe serves pastries, baked goods, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and coffee and tea. “It is very important to me that everything in the shop is made and baked here.”
171 Third Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37201
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“Our milkshakes are gourmet works of art — art for your belly,” Legendairy Milkshake Bar owner Christina Barnett says with a smile. The works of art ring in at a cool $13 each, but based on the long lines and wait times Legendairy has experienced since opening in late-July, the cost is well worth it.
Christina started the business with her dad, who she has helped with the family business for the last two-and-a-half years. “We were working together every day and started throwing out ideas about opening another business. I was seeing milkshake bars pop up everywhere, so we went for it … We developed a dream and made it a reality,” she tells us. “Legendairy is a small, family-owned local business. We never expected to see this response. We are slammed, but I am so blessed — there are worse problems to have.”
So what exactly does a $13 milkshake look like? It looks like chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with a chocolate icing rim, chocolate chips, whipped cream, cookie dough bites, chocolate fudge drizzle and a chocolate chip cookie. It also looks like Dutch chocolate and Rocky Road ice cream with a chocolate icing rim, chocolate chips, whipped cream, chocolate fudge drizzle, chocolate springs and a fudge brownie. There are 13 signature shakes on the menu, including dairy-free and no sugar added options. If you are feeling creative, you can create your own milkshake with your choice of ice cream flavor and toppings.
Located in Downtown Nashville, this spot quickly became popular and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. “There might be a wait, so plan accordingly,” Christina advises. During the after dinner rush, wait times can reach an hour. If you are looking for a quick fix, she suggests stopping by between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., when things are a bit slower.
117 28th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 649-8269
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.
Before NoBaked opened their storefront in October, the edible cookie dough was sold online and at local community events. Megan (Beaven) Freeman started the business in 2015 and quickly gained a loyal following. “Cookie dough has always been my favorite dessert, so I’ve been making safe-to-eat cookie dough since before I moved to Nashville for college. Once I realized that other people loved it, too, that’s when I knew I could sell it.”
NoBaked Cookie Dough now has a permanent location that serves 10 different flavors of cookie dough that you can eat without guilt. On the menu, you’ll find familiar flavors such as chocolate chip, confetti sugar and snickerdoodle, plus creative combinations, like s’mores, red velvet with white chocolate chips and the cookie monster, with chocolate chips, M&M’s and peanut butter chips. Megan suggests the s’mores, which is filled with graham crackers and marshmallow fluff. You can also top your cookie dough with everything from sprinkles to Nutella.
Go ahead, satisfy your sweet tooth!
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