Sugar Shack Bakery

Sugar ShackAugust 12, 2011 – Karen Rayburn is finally living her dream with the opening of Sugar Shack Bakery & Café in Potsdam.  After much anticipation, the doors opened for the first time last Friday.  Her first weekend in business was a tremendous success as customers from as far away as Pulaski came seeking the cinnamon rolls made famous by her mother as the long-time baker at (now closed) McCarthy’s Restaurant in Canton.

Sugar Shack offers a delicious variety of goods that are baked fresh daily including cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies, doughnuts, muffins, éclairs, crème puffs, cupcakes, pies, breads and rolls.  Fresh deli sandwiches can be ordered for take-out at the bakery counter with a full breakfast and lunch menu offered in the café.  Karen also bakes special occasion cakes and fills custom orders. 

“Our first week has been amazing,” says Karen.  “With the help of all of my family and the teamwork that happens every day we have been successful.” 

Most of her life has been dedicated to food service, but after beating cancer several years ago Karen knew she had to get back to what she truly loves - baking.  With the support of family and friends she set forth on a path that would feature the talent inherited from her mother as a gifted baker, and fill her own heart by sharing this gift with others. 

Karen’s passion and persistence has paid off, and she is now realizing the dream she envisioned for herself.  Along the way she took advantage of many local resources available to small business owners and entrepreneurs.  Business planning and financial projections were completed with help from the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton, and financial assistance was provided through loans from the Potsdam Community Development Corporation and St. Lawrence County Microenterprise Revolving Loan Fund.

“Anyone who speaks with Karen will quickly see and feel the passion she has for this project,” states Ray Fountain, CEO of the SLCLDC.  “The SLCLDC is happy to be partnering with the Potsdam Community Development Corporation to provide Karen the opportunity to pursue her dream while also offering a specialized product to the community.”

Karen further states, “Thank you to the SBDC, Potsdam Community Development, the IDA and everyone else that helped to make my dream come true.”

Sugar Shack Bakery & Café is located at 6585 State Highway 56 in Potsdam at the entrance to the Price Chopper plaza.  Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 6am to 3pm, and Sunday 8am to 2pm.  Brunch is served 10:30am to 2pm.  For more information please contact the bakery at 265-0500.  Facebook page coming soon!


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