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Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - Sweet addition downtown
New bakery brings more treats to the Boro
Jahala Akins just opened Sweet Cheeks Bakery on East Main Street at the urging of her husband. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

      When your husband tells you it's time to move your home grown business out of your house and into a storefront, then you must be doing something right. That is exactly what happened to Jahala Akins, whose cake and dessert baking business grew too much for their kitchen to handle.
      "I was making all sorts of cakes and things, and we both realized that it was time for a change in location," she said. "I have opened Sweet Cheeks Bakery on East Main Street next to Georgia Southern's downtown campus, and this is like a dream come true."
      In addition to creating cakes for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions, the bakery has a daily offering of cupcakes, cookies, chewy cake, cheese cake brownies, cinnamon rolls, and more.
       "I really feel like we are your one stop, sweet shop," Akins said. "The only savory item we carry is our take on the sausage biscuit which is cream cheese, combined with chopped sausage in a crescent roll. It is so good, and we have those available for breakfast each morning."
       Akins said she posts each day's cupcake flavor on the bakery's Facebook page so customers will know what cupcakes will be available that day.
       "We don't make the same flavors everyday," she said. "Our flavors vary and include red velvet, chocolate, grasshopper, orange dream, key lime, and one with cream filling and Oreo icing. It is real butter cream icing, and there are always a few flavors to choose from."
       I think Sweet Cheeks is a wonderful fit for downtown, and actually, in a nice way, a compliment to the Sugar Magnolia Bakery which opened downtown several years ago. While there is some crossover in product, there isn't a lot as the Sugar Magnolia offers a large variety of different breads, homemade granola, pizza, lunch and brunch on the weekends, in addition to its sweet offerings.
       I really think that we are lucky to have both.
       On a separate note, next week - if I get enough responses - I plan to write a column about awesome gift ideas for shoppers here in Statesboro. If you are a retailer, please send a description of one item that you sell which you feel is a "winner" this Christmas season - the one thing that people just have to know about.
       Just drop me a quick message in my email - I look forward to hearing from you.

      So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.

      Got a scoop for Jan? Call her at (912) 489-9463 or email her at



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