- Andrea Phillips opened Sweet Smyles Bakery about two months ago in Roscoe Village. Her husband, Matt Phillips, does much of the baking with Andrea decorating and running the shop.
- They have cookies, brownies, brookies, cupcakes, gluten free items and more. Andrea also makes custom decorated wedding cakes and sugar cookies.
- Two other vendors have items sold through the bakery: Baltic’s Alyssa’s Healthy Donuts and Nahsport’s Bee Sweet Cheesecakes.
- Andrea hopes to add more vendors and cafe in the future. She would also like to move to a location across the street from the current lower level location.
COSHOCTON − When Andrea Phillips, a Zanesville native, first moved to the Roscoe Village area about five years ago, she thought about opening a bakery, but it only recently became a reality.
Sweet Smyles Bakery has been open for over two months. It’s one of the lower level storefronts and Andrea hopes they can move to street level at some point. She has been baking for about 16 years.
“The main thing that drove me was trying to get out of the house. We have two young children and it’s hard to work with things like that around children,” Andrea said. “This place opened up and it was one of those things where it was time to move on and grow.”
Her husband, Matt Phillips, is a Coshocton native and helps out by doing most of the cooking. Andrea does decorating and special requests such as wedding cakes and themed sugar cookies for parties and other events. Andrea also handles social media and operates the counter.
“Originally, we wanted it as a place where I could just work. We weren’t going to open it up to the public. We could do wedding tastings here, too,” Andrea said. “But then we said, ‘you know what, we’re missing out on an experience and something fun, so why don’t we open it up?'”
The bakery sells giant filled cookies, cupcakes, brownies, brookies, gluten-free items, and more. There are two other vendors that sell through Sweet Smyles: Alyssa’s Healthy Donuts of Baltic and Bee Sweet Cheesecakes of Nashport. Andrea would like to add more vendors in the future and offer coffee, which she said has been a great request.
She said the public support has been phenomenal, including from other Roscoe Village store owners. In fact, Brad Fuller, owner of Good Boy Bakery and president of the Roscoe Village Business Association, was the one who initially encouraged her to open a bakery. Andrea walked into Fuller’s store thinking it was a normal bakery, but she discovered that it made dog treats.
“We started talking about me baking and he said I had to come here (to Roscoe Village). I never thought of doing something like this until he brought it up,” she said.
Andrea said that Roscoe Village or Dresden were the only two places she could see opening a bakery. She said the recreation of a canal-era town gets a lot of visitors and it’s never the same clientele from day to day.
“Everyone is so supportive and wonderful,” Andrea said. “It’s the vibe. Roscoe is like her own small town.”
Sweet Smyles Bakery at 416 N. Whitewoman St. can be found on Facebook and call 740-295-9230. It is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday through Wednesday.
Sweet Smiles Bakery also runs donation drives every month. They are collecting blankets, dog food, dog treats and more for November and clothing and toys for those in need in December.
Leonard Hayhurst is a community content coordinator and general news reporter for the Coshocton Tribune with more than 15 years of experience in local journalism and multiple Ohio Associated Press awards. He can be reached at 740-295-3417 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @llhayhurst.