July 2022 Business of the Month: Sweet Mama’s
Nestled along Teays Valley Road you can find one of the best bakeries in the Mountain State, Sweet Mama’s. Sweet Mama’s is owned by husband-and-wife duo, Ryan and Tom, who brought their baking and culinary skills to Putnam County in 2019. Offering a range of baked goods, custom orders, cakes, and take-and-go products, Sweet Mama’s is here for the community, bakery wise, in any way they can be.
Last month, the treasured bakery brought home the honor of Judge’s Choice Award at Rolls on The River, a pepperoni roll festival in Charleston, WV. It is an exciting achievement to have such a culturally important award in the West Virginia culinary world be brought to Putnam County. Owner Ryan is extremely proud of their recent achievements as well as being able to bring the award to home to Putnam County.
Ryan says she has always loved baking. “My mother had a bakery, years and years ago in Charleston, and I helped when I was in college…and well Tom (husband) and I said some prayers and opened Sweet Mama’s,” she tells us. The baking duo love their location, stating how busy their strip mall is and how supportive the surrounding businesses are of each other.
Ryan also loves owning a business in Putnam County. “The support from customers, other businesses, and the chamber has been amazing,” she says. Throughout the pandemic the Chamber has worked hard to ensure Putnam County businesses were supported. “The chamber was awesome through the pandemic. They tried and tried to come up with ways to keep us food service businesses going,” Ryan explained.
What does the future look like for Sweet Mama’s? They would love to expand someday (in the distant future) to include a little market with more bread options and sandwiches. Ryan says, “I would love to expand someday, not anytime soon, but I’ll have to convince the husband first, lol!”
Ryan and her husband Tom really want the community to know they love what they do. “We love the interactions we have every day with people, and truly put our heart and soul into everything that leaves our little shop!”
Find out more about Sweet Mama’s on their Facebook page.