Sweet GG’s Bakery to Open in Columbia’s Five Points

Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood is about to get a little sweeter.

Sweet GG’s Bakery, which specializes in a number of sweet treats and baked goods, is moving from its previous location on Fort Jackson Boulevard to a new location in Five Points. The new location will be at 631-B Harden St., on the site that used to house the Local Buzz cafe.

An opening date for the Sweet GG store at Five Points has yet to be announced. The next location on Harden Street is listed on the bakery’s website and Facebook page, and there’s a sign on the door saying it’s coming soon. It will be next to the Baked Bear ice cream sandwich shop.

Sweet GG’s makes cookies, cupcakes, pies, pies, cinnamon rolls and more. The company also makes custom cakes for special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, baby showers, weddings, and anniversaries.

The upcoming bakery is just the latest move in what has been a year of announcements or openings at Five Points.

The district has welcomed a number of new restaurants and retail stores in 2022, including FuruSato Bento Japanese restaurant, The Turning Pointe dancewear store, Botanica de Santee clothing and gift shop, Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, Falafel King restaurant, Swiff Luxury streetwear store, Gameday Nutrition, Orangetheory Fitness and Flying Biscuit restaurant.

The Acai Cocobowlz bowl and shake chain announced in September that it would be coming to 2015 Devine St. In addition, a new independent bookstore called All Good Books is being planned at 734 Harden St. And a brunch restaurant, Ruby Sunshine, has been announced for the ex yesterday location on Devine Street.

In July, the Boyd Foundation and GrowCo announced a new technology incubation center at 711 Saluda Ave., in the former White Mule live music space. The Boyd Foundation has donated $1 million to get that center up and running.

The Five Points Association, which represents merchants in the district, named Heather McDonald as its new executive director earlier this fall. McDonald’s has a long history of marketing and non-profit work in the Midlands.

Sweet GG's Bakery
Sweet GG Bakery, formerly located on Fort Jackson Boulevard, will move to 631-B Harden St. in Five Points. A sign on the door says that the business will be here soon. Photo by Chris Trainor

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Chris Trainor is a retail reporter for The State and has worked for newspapers in South Carolina for more than 18 years, including previous stops at (Greenwood) Index-Journal and (Columbia) Free Times. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the South Carolina Press Association, including honors in column writing, government reporting, profiling, food writing, election coverage, social media, and more.

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