WINC Choice Award Winner 2017: Julie's Sweet Shoppe

Got a craving for a sweet treat? Need a cake for your next party or event? Look no further than local favorite, Julie’s Sweet Shoppe!
Julie’s won not one but two Best Of categories: “The sweet treats are fabulous from” and “I love to special order cakes from.” This comes as no surprise to patrons of the bakery, which opened its doors on November 11, 2013. As owner Julie Bradley-Goodnight says, “Fittingly, it was Veterans Day, and whether I had products ready or not, we were gonna open for the Veterans Day Celebration!” Julie’s offers a family owned business with a friendly atmosphere. Armed with years of recipes and baking experience, she and her staff of over 20 full and part-time employees offer ready-made items and special order creations for any event.
“Without our awesome employees, we would not be as successful. They are all like family to me, well, one of them is family,” says Julie. “I have hard working and dependable morning, afternoon, and night shift managers who all help each other, which helps me. Our employees make Julie’s who we are. They all go above and beyond what is expected, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to help them,” she adds. “The sweet treats are fabulous from” Julie’s, and this award could not be more accurate. Their sweet items know no bounds and include pies, fried pies, cupcakes, cookies, fudge, bread, pastries, and petit fleurs, among other goodies. The sugar doesn’t stop there, as the bakery also offers a selection of sweets, such as 21 M&M colors, 24 jellybean flavors, lemon squares, brownies, pound cakes, and even seasonal king cakes. If it is a homemade sweet treat and you are craving it, odds are it can be found at Julie’s.
“We are always trying new items,” says Julie. The bakery often offers new goodies based on customer request or employee suggestion. “Right now, we are making caramel covered apples for fair time, and sugar coated pecans. We love the fall season, where we make every- thing pumpkin flavored. We also continue to make Frank Brannan lemonades and limeades daily. On the first Wednesday of the month, we sell Frank Brannan chili dogs. We love keeping the Brannan legacy alive, and we sure miss Bobby helping us make those chili dogs and lemonades,” says Julie of their homage to a Conway culinary legacy. “I love to special order cakes from” is also a spot-on award. Cake shapes range from round—in single or multiple layers—to sheet cakes, cupcakes, or custom designs. Available cake flavors include white, chocolate, strawberry, Italian crème, almond, lemon, red velvet, carrot, marble, cookies and cream, and banana nut. She offers almost any combination imaginable and enjoys tailoring cakes to fit the event theme. The shop creates custom work for birthdays,
graduations, and nearly every event type. As far as unique custom orders, one specific scenario came to mind for Julie. “We have the joy of making towering birthday cakes for Allyson, nine year-old daughter of Braedon
and Rebecca Hutchison. When Allyson turned one, her dad vowed to add a layer of cake or cookie for each birthday, and he has been true to his word. This year she did have nine layers!” Another memorable cake was a life-size deer groom’s cake. The cake was “carefully and fearfully delivered to a barn in Clarksville. It took three days of prepping before completion. What a relief it was to get that cake on its table!”
Julie’s Sweet Shoppe is located at 201 Skyline Drive in Conway, toward Greenbrier. In addition to its sweets and cakes, the bakery offers a breakfast menu that includes biscuits with white or chocolate gravy, pigs in a blanket, and more. Muffins, danishes, turn-
overs, scones, and eclairs are also available for purchase. They also offer savory lunch items including cranberry chicken salad and ham and cheese roll-ups.
Of their Best Of category wins, Julie states, “We are very thankful for what God has blessed us with. It is humbling to know our customers care enough to take the time to vote. Thanks to all our loyal customers who faithfully vote for us!”
With their Best Of wins, Julie’s is well on its way to meeting their goal of being “the very best bakery and sweet shop in Conway and the surrounding areas.” Stop in for a meal or simply a cake pop. Either way, you will leave satisfied like so many others.