Looking for an old school neighborhood bakery? There’s a bakery for that. Want a quick lunch and a sweet treat? There’s a bakery for that. Craving French-style sweets? There’s a bakery for that. Caving an upscale treat? There’s a bakery for that. In downtown Murfreesboro, there are four different bakeries less than a city block from each other, and yet no two are alike. Each has its own style. And each is very good at what they do.
There is something for every taste, be yours savory or sweet, traditional or more contemporary. There are vegan and gluten-free options. Try one, or all four. You’ll be hooked.
115 North Maple Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The youngest of the four bakeries, at eight months old, Nonie’s is like walking back in time and into a classic bakery from your childhood. Case after case is pregnant with cookies, cakes, cannoli, cinnamon rolls, cream horns and more.
“We want to be a neighborhood bakery,” said Cindy Marshall, the owner. “We have customers ask us about adding lunch, but we just want to be breakfast and a bakery, because it is all about the baking. Baking is different from a restaurant.”
Marshall began baking with her grandmother 50 years ago, and now she works with her daughter, Tammy, and granddaughter, Hope. Tammy makes all of the vegan and gluten-free offerings. Hope’s husband makes the cinnamon rolls. As a matter of fact, “Nonie” is the nickname that Marshall’s grandchildren gave her.
Unique Offering: Make Your Own Cupcake. The customer gets to pick the kind of cake, the frosting, and finish it off with a topping.
2Boro Town Cakes
Having just opened a new grab-and-go location right across from the new courthouse, Boro Town Cakes offers quick breakfasts and lunches, and well, cakes. Cakes are what they are known for, as well as muffins and cupcakes. Also cake pops. They make tasty chess bars in flavors like strawberry-lemon, red velvet brownie, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate carmel ganache, and chess. Recently they started serving warmed mini-pop tarts.
Unique Offering: Stuffed Yeast Rolls. Perfect for a quick lunch, with soup, or as part of a sweet and savory snack. These yeast rolls are filled with ham and swiss, pizza, or veggie.
3Simple Pure Sweets
The name says it all. Simply Pure Sweets is just that … macaroons, cupcakes, scones, and cinnamon rolls.
Owner Chantel Kennedy-Shehan studied at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure de Patisserie in France, and brought her love of the craft home with her, which led to open the shop. Her macaroons are her specialty, and she employs her creativity to imagine many, many flavors which often look too good to be eaten.
Recently, Kennedy-Shehan married The Bread Man, Matthew Joseph, so his great creations are now available at Simply Pure Sweets every day.
With the feel of a rustic French country café, the options for breakfast and lunch are like the original, fresh and unfussy, light and tasty. Sandwiches, salads, and stuffed croissants are offered on the menu.
Unique Offering: Savory Biscuits. These popular items are filled with scrumptious sausage and cheddar, bacon and pepper cheese, or red pepper and three-cheese.
4Olive Branch Bakery
Olive Branch is partnered with Tasty Table, and together they opened a new location in the old B. McNeel’s building. The new location has allowed the power behind the bakery, self-taught baker Jacqueline Edwards, to expand her offerings.
Edwards specializes in macaroons, but also makes muffins, brownies, banana cream cheese bread, tarts, and decadent strawberry lemon mousse.
Tasty Table provides the savory breakfast and lunch offerings, while Olive Branch Bakery makes sure that the cases are filled with cookies and cupcakes to go with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
Unique Offering: Rustic Cakes. These are anything but basic. They are elegant and sinful pieces of art.
Each of these four bakeries has their own personalities and specialties, offering something for every sweet tooth. Go for it, take a bite.