Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Sugar Island!

Water-color-happy-anniversary-wishesIMG_20140331_182106_623Movin' Out! 013One year ago today, we transitioned Sugar on Front St. into Sugar Island. I can’t believe it’s been a year! There have been so many exciting adventures this past year. A lot of new friends have been made and our wholesale business has increased dramatically. It has been our great privilege to partner with some amazing artisans, craftsman, farmers, spinners and musicians!  Thank you to all for your continued support and belief in small, family-run businesses, handcrafted items and wholesome goodness made from scratch.

It has seemed to involve a lot of trucks though…often trucks with precariously perched purchases of pre-used pedigree…

We can’t wait to show you the new additions and expansions we have made! Come on out, have a seat and a treat, get some sun on your face and breathe in the lovely salt air.

Happy Anniversary, Sugar! Here’s to many more!

Gettin’ Cheesy.

 

Still rolling full steam ahead with St. Pat’s Plans! Adding on a glorious Whiskey Cheddar Stout Bread though-because I can.  $6.50

Blarney Stone Granola - pistachios, pumpkin seeds and apricots make this granola a LUCKY CHARM! ~ $6.00

Irish Creme Cheesecake - brownie crust and a luscious Irish creme swirled cheesecake batter ~ $26.00

Bailey’s Creme Babycake -mini chocolate cake filled with Bailey’s creme mousse and frosted with mocha frosting ~ $19.00

Oatmeal Currant Scones - plumped currants tucked into our oatmeal scone batter ~ $2.00 each

4 Leaf Clover Cupcakes – available in double vanilla or double chocolate-baked in a emerald green wrapper and decorated with a hand piped 4 leaf clover

Gold Bars - buttermilk pound cake loaves frosted in caramel and sprinkled with gold leaf ~ $7.50

Irish Soda Bread - available with or without caraway seed ~ $7.00 a loaf

There’s a Pot O’ Gold at the end of the Swingbridge! Oooh La La!

The sun is shining! Well, at least right now it is! Loads of colorful festivities coming up in the next few weeks! Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day are happening and besides being big food holidays we are French (barely) and Irish (a LOT)  so we celebrate IN STYLE! .

Empty Bowls is coming up again this year and and we are providing desserts to accompany all the luscious soups that will go with the to-die-for bowls!  (https://www.facebook.com/emptybowls.wilmington?fref=ts)

Also coming up the barnraising! We are providing desserts for this scrumptious event as well and look forward to attending. (http://www.feastdowneast.org/InviteFINAL.pdf)

As always, please order ahead for any holiday treats. Wilmington pickup is available at Pomegranate Books (http://www.pombooks.net/).

We are happy to announce two new Sugary destinations! Hullabaloo in Hampstead will have mommy snacks (https://www.facebook.com/hullabalooplay) and 24 South Coffee House in Wilmington (https://www.facebook.com/pages/24-South-Coffee-House/1432240193678251) will have an assortment of fun and tasty treats!

Look for updates on the OTHER SIDE as we being painting! Many, many thanks to our furniture fairy who gifted us with a TON of great looking stuff!

King Cakes (with bebe’!)-raspberry, cream cheese, cinnamon, caramel pecan, chocolate chip and lemon $15.00 thru 3/2/14

Blarney Stone Granola-pistachios, pumpkin seeds and apricots make this granola a LUCKY CHARM! $6.00

Irish Creme Cheesecake-brownie crust and a luscious irish creme swirled cheesecake batter $26.00

Bailey’s Creme Babycake-mini chocolate cake filled with Bailey’s creme mousse and frosted with mocha frosting $19.00

Oatmeal Currant Scones-plumped currants tucked into our oatmeal scone batter $2.00 each

4 Leaf Clover Cupcakes-available in double vanilla or double chocolate-baked in a emerald green wrapped and decorated with a hand piped 4 leaf clover

Gold Bars-buttermilk pound cake loaves frosted in caramel and sprinkled with gold leaf $7.50

Irish Soda Bread-available with or without caraway seed $7.00 a loaf

AGAIN PLEASE ORDER AHEAD!!!

Love is in the air! Oh wait-that’s ice.

It is with huge humility that we say a big, heartfelt THANK YOU!! and WE LOVE YOU TOO! to all of our friends and wholesale customers old and new! January was every bit as busy as December which is kind of mind-blowing, because, well, it’s January and it’s “so slow”. To all of you who shopped and shipped and visited with us, thank you, thank you! Our first year on Topsail Island has been absolutely amazing and the continued loyalty amongst our original customers is wonderful!

So it is with EXTREME PRIDE (and a little bit of sheer nervousness…) we announce the opening of “SUPPLIES!”  Hahahahah! Dumbest name ever! But really, it is now Sugar Island Bakery and Supplies. We have taken over another unit in our shopping center so that, once again, there is seating to enjoy your friend’s company and have a coffee and slice of something and unwind.

As to “supplies” we will expand our line of granolas, locally roasted coffees from Brown Dog Coffee (http://www.browndogcoffeecompany.com/ and Java Estate Roastery, our local honeys, free range eggs, quilt cards by Meg Prange, goats milk soaps by Heavenly Homestead (https://www.etsy.com/shop/heavenlyhomesteading), clothing line from Just Like Honey (http://www.sewntothebone.com/), pottery and jewelry from Fat Cat Pottery and Re-Eco, an increased selection of Melissa Gray’s luxurious soaps and spectacular fiber art(http://melissagray.homestead.com/)and all of our specialty baking ingredients like flours, seeds and nuts.  We will be carrying herbs (in season) from Shelton Herb Farms and a large selection of the incomparable LunaPops (http://lunapops.com/) and the genius Nye’s Ice cream sandwiches (http://nyescreamsandwiches.com/) to complement all our handmade yumminess! Plus, a huge selection of rare and used books, focusing on children’s literature and, naturally, cookbooks!

And we will finally bring back the Sugar Island t-shirts and mugs!  To round out all this excitement, we will be unrolling our antique dish and pedestal rental service for people who want their festivities to look divine without being stuck with an excessive amount of vintage china!

We are aiming for March 1, to open up all this madness and will post pictures as the renovations begin! Should anyone have really cool Hoosier’s, old pianos, outdoor rocking chairs or sturdy bookshelves they would like to trade in towards store credit-lemme know! The current color is, ahem, lava orange with faux stucco and earth platelets. Clearly not keeping THAT. Yeah, don’t ask.

Below, please find our Valentine’s Day Menu-you know the deal, order ahead!  Here are a few pictures of our frozen island…it’s been as cold as Cruella DeVil’s heart this week!

http://sugarislandnc.com/valentines-day-specials/ (plus more of the amazing Robotic Relative cards! (http://www.roboticrelative.com/)

True Football Confessions

So, until about an hour ago, I thought that somehow UNCW had finagled it’s way into the Super Bowl. Seahawks? Right? That is incorrect information. They did not make it this year.  It is another set of birds. Birds that play football. That’s impressive. Because, Broncos playing football makes sense and is quite intimidating. Horses are big.

To make up for my gross negligence in all things football and for embarrassing the life out of my husband and his friend Wes, I am making a whole list of things I rarely make that they are always requesting. And if I am making it for them, by golly, I can offer it to you tightends as well!

Please pre-order!

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Footballs $1.85 each

Pumpkin Football shaped whoopies (orange for the Broncos OR just for football!) $2.50 each

Seahawk or Bronco themed cupcakes available in any menu flavor by the 1/2 dozen $12.00

Cheddar Pigs-they are great with ALL dips and chili! $4.00 a 6pk

SuperPlatter!-assorted cookies and brownies to feed 10-$18.00 to feed 20 $33.00

 

2013 in review

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New Year’s Eve means BRING ON THE GLITTER!

Christmas was spectacularly out of control this year!!! I blame Thanksgiving for being so late. Hence the non-stop slalom to Christmas! Thanks to all for trusting us with your holiday baking. We loved every minute of it! And now NEW YEAR’S!

My glitter weakness is no secret. I can’t help it. New Year’s is one of the holidays where one is obliged to BRING ON THE GLITTER!  And being as we are big on traditions in our household, we always eat 12 grapes at midnite for good luck and have pork and greens and beans for New Year’s Day!

And for the Football enthusiasts we are once again doing our Football whoopies! Available in Pumpkin and Chocolate for Game Day $2.50 each

We will be closed New Year’s Day but back to our regularly scheduled program of Thursday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3. As always, please order ahead. Delivery is available to Pomegranate Books, Brown Dog Coffee Company and Lovey’s on New Year’s Eve morning.

Cornbread-$5.00, Jalapeno Cornbread $5.00, Pimento Cheese Cornbread $5.00

Super Sparkly Chocolate Raspberry Creme Celebration Cake-2 chocolate chocolate chip cake filled with vanilla custard and frosted with raspberry frosting. Accented with gold flake  $27.00

Lemon Champagne Zinger Cake- 2 layer vanilla cake with lemon curd filling and frosted with our champagne buttercream. Accented with gold flake $26.00

Triple Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes-$3.00 each (chocolate cupcakes with a truffle inside frosted with chocolate ganache and garnished with-you guessed it-sparkles!)

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Caramel Cake-brown sugar pound cake filled with caramel and frosted with caramel cream cheese buttercream $30.00

Sour Cherry Pie $16.00

Cheddar Pig and Pimento Cheese Platter $25.00 (1 lb homemade pimento cheese and 2 dozen Cheddar Pigs)

Rum Island Blue Cheese Ball and Snooty Star Platter $25.00 (1 lb bleu cheese ball rolled in our Rum Island Pecans with 2 dozen Snooty Stars)

Brownie Buffet-beautiful platter of our most popular brownies-Espresso Cream Cheese, Raspberry, Salted Caramel and Pistachio Small $15.00 Large $30.00

Hangover Coffee $11.00 a lb.-our special blend of French Roast and Espresso. It’ll cure what ails ya’.

New Year’s Resolution Granola-a high protein, low sugar, high fiber Paleo friendly granola to keep you healthy! $6.00 a bag