Locally owned businesses provide steady supply of books, baked goods in Chapin
For those looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth and a way to escape to another place for an afternoon, two locally owned businesses in Chapin can help.
Jamie Antley has reopened Bailey’s Sweet Shoppe after a brief hiatus because of relocation. The mother of two is back in the kitchen with her husband, Jeffrey, at Bailey’s new home at 271 Columbia Ave.
Bailey’s, named after the Antleys’ son, has been a popular spot for breakfast, dessert and cakes for all occasions since 2011. Development of a Publix grocery store in Chapin moved the shop from its location near Chapin Furniture to the historic Fulmer house, where Jamie said she hopes to “bring back Southern charm” to a space that sat empty for three years.
Bailey’s now boasts additional seating for customers and more display space for Jamie’s confections. A tea room also is in the works.
Jamie specialized in wedding cakes for nearly 20 years before deciding to open a full-time sweet shoppe.
“I wanted to expand the brand,” she said.
People have come during the past several years to love cupcakes, cream cheese pound cake, apple cake and other offerings from the Bailey’s kitchen.
“Our 14 flavors of cupcakes are really popular. We are constantly making them,” Jamie said.
A typical day at Bailey’s begins around 5 a.m. with Jeffrey arriving to prepare for the breakfast rush. The eatery also features a small lunch menu.
“It’s non stop all day long. The ovens run 14 hours a day,” Jamie said.
Family recipes handed down generation by generation are part of what keeps people coming back. The apple cakes, of which 500 are sold each Christmas, are made using a recipe from Jeffrey’s great-grandmother. The candies and soups are also family recipes, but the chicken salad came about after some experimentation by Jamie.
“We threw everything in a bowl and saw how it went together,” she recalled. “In the first week we offered it, we sold 60 pounds.”
The Antleys’ daughter, Kaylin, has joined her parents in the kitchen on occasion, too.
The family is using their success to give back to the town through providing food for and promoting local fundraisers. Bailey’s can be found supporting groups from Chapin Rugby Club to children with life-threatening illnesses.
“We love being a part of a small town and try to help out as much as we can,” Jamie said.
Once patrons have had their fill of sweets, Books and More can help them find just the right story to capture their imaginations. Owner Larry Stallings has leased the former Chapin Market and General Store on St. Peter’s Church Road, which was once operated by his parents.
Stallings is just getting the bookstore going but already has a wide variety of titles for every interest. Books and More also carries pop culture and educational posters, a selection of vintage books, and vintage greeting cards.
“I’m trying to find the unusual,” he said. “I always want to have unique items.”
Helping people find a deal is part of Stallings’ goal, too. About 80 percent of the books he carries are $4 or less.
Stallings plans to grow his selection of kid-friendly books, sci-fi titles and literature.
“The best way for people to find out what’s available is to come have a look for themselves,” he said.
Books and More is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.