Food & Dining
‘Taste for Homemade’ hits a sweet spot downtown
by Bradley Hartsell
Tucked away on Perry St. right outside of the square in downtown Newnan, Vickie Houston bakes.
Red velvet cake, chocolate chip cookies, key-lime cupcakes – you name it.
A Taste for Homemade opened its doors just over two years ago. The project was inspired by Houston’s passion and a lifelong love of baking.
For many years, the idea of opening a bake shop seemed like a “pipe dream.” But the feeling nagged at Houston. Every day she imagined a small business of her own in which she could do what she had always loved doing.
It was a feeling “that drives you and it’s your every waking moment,” Houston muses.
She was working as a bakery manager at Sam’s Club, making a decent living, but not feeling fulfilled. Houston shared her vision with friends and family, if only for a way to vent. Her loved ones, including her husband, John, expressed skepticism over the viability of a bakery shop in a seemingly unpredictable economy.
The couple weighed the risks and spoke often about a bakery shop, deciding ultimately that Houston had to try.
Houston notes that her husband’s unending support is much of the reason she and her shop are thriving. And while she’s regretfully seen several businesses come and go, she’s proud to have her own shop continuing on for two years.
A Taste for Homemade is a quaint little bakery shop near the town square which is decorated in sweets and splashed with inviting lime green paint. With just a handful of tables, the shop has an intimate setting for lunch and dessert.
When it comes to creating sugary, sweet, and delicious treats, Houston has every dessert imaginable. She bakes for any occasion; wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cookies for a party or catering.
Houston remains passionate even as she recognizes the difficulty of operating a small business in a struggling economy.
“I know even with the customer base that I have built, people have a lot of choices [in town]. When people come in here and have a sandwich or have a cupcake, I’m grateful. I take my business very seriously. My customers are everything. It doesn’t matter if the order is big or small, I’m just going to make them feel very important.”
When great food is mixed with a wholesome attitude, the heart of Newnan is personified. Even when the tough realities of business arise, nobody ever sees it on Vickie Houston’s face. She keeps on baking, with joy and gratitude in which can all find comforting.