Meet the Makers: Sugar Drop

Sugar Drop

Thanks to Sugar Drop for the amazing pics!!

When I was a kid, I loved “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Watching Gene Wilder lead the wide-eyed children from one fantastical candy creation to the next was simply magical. From everlasting gobstoppers to a chocolate river, this dream world was bursting with sheer imagination and sugar-coated delight.

Did you know there’s a real-life Chocolate Factory just outside of Nashville? Okay. Maybe there’s not a river of chocolate and crooning Oompa Loompas, but this place has all the magic, wonder, and sweet genius that made the movie’s candyland so fantastic.

At Sugar Drop - a cake, party and sweet shop in Brentwood - Brooke O’Dell has brought to life a wondrous world, full of imaginative treats that are creative, whimsical, and just plain fun. I wanted to learn more, so I sat down with Brooke to find out where all that sweet inspiration comes from!

Sugar Drop

Brooke O’Dell

Owner (aka The Sweet Genius Behind Sugar Drop’s Delightful Creations)

Proudest Sugar Drop Moment: Our grand reopening was all I hoped; confetti flying, a finished kitchen, a case full of our goodies, a store full of good friends, who could ask for more?


Favorite Sugar Drop Sweet: Lemon bars, made with Grandma Anderson’s recipe!


If Sugar Drop treats were a song, they’d be: Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer.


Favorite Local Hangouts: We love strolling through downtown Franklin. 12th South is a favorite area. Burritos from Baja Burrito. Burgers from Browns. Pancakes from the Pantry.


Sugar DropSignature Sugar Drop Sweets!

Brookie Bites- Rich chocolate cake piled high with chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla buttercream frosting, and heaps of sprinkles

Swoozie Doozie Cookies- Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies, filled with dreamy buttercream frosting, rolled in sprinkles galore!

Birthday Party Popcorn- White-chocolate covered popcorn, with a hint of funfetti and showers of sprinkles

A Sweet Dream

Me: What sparked the idea for running your own real-world candyland? Did you always dream of doing this?

Brooke: I always dreamed of my own space but for years dreamed of a small cafe selling food reminiscent to my childhood that would be called The Yellow Rose Cafe. But, God had a different plan and selling sugar in various forms may be the most natural fit.

Me: The Yellow Rose Cafe sounds amazing. I do feel like Sugar Drop captures that same specialness and heart, though. Who brings all that heart to the Sugar Drop team?

Brooke: My husband, whom I refer to as Mr. Sugar Drop, and I purchased the business with a dear friend. We have a baker and a few other team members who help with the day-to-day.

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There’s no place like home...

Me: Why Nashville? What drew you here?

Brooke: I’ve been in Nashville since the day I graduated college and it is now home. I’m a Texas gal who married a Yankee and we are raising two southern boys. It’s home. I moved a lot growing up but knew I wanted to plant deep roots for my family. This is our community, our family in every sense of the word. They are who I share my home with and who I wanted to share this dream with.

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This is our community, our family in every sense of the word.

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Me: How do your sweet creations capture the heart of this special place?

Brooke: Nashville is a fun and Southern city on the verge of having a big city feel with all of the growth and high-end restaurants. Our menu features southern classics like our version of a caramel cake and strawberry but with our spin. We cook the way grandma did with lots of butter and a lot of love, using our eyes to measure ingredients and nose as a thermometer for when cakes are ready. We have a simple, yet delicious menu. Our gluten-free cake is a bit of heaven and great for those with gluten sensitivity. Our cookies are the best, hands down. We don’t do boring, on flavor or look and I think that’s true to Nashville in every way.

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We cook the way grandma did with lots of butter and a lot of love We don’t do boring, on flavor or look and I think that’s true to Nashville in every way.
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Me: I love how you’re both inspired by and give back to the community. Can you tell me more about Sugar Drop’s support of local projects and other charities?

Brooke: We work with the Living Water Organization and have donated and supported over a dozen local organizations. We love working with the local schools and community.

With Sprinkles On Top...

Nashville Cakes

Me: What really sets Sugar Drop apart?

Brooke: We are unique and one of a kind in every way.

Me: I agree wholeheartedly with that! Every time I come in, there’s a new sweet creation case that’s calling my name! How do you keep the ideas coming? What’s your creative process?

Brooke: I’m always getting inspiration from bakers I love around the world. Many I can’t travel to experience and taste on my own, so I have to imagine. Our items are the same. I want it to be visually appealing but taste as you imagine. Whether it’s salty and sweet, crunchy and creamy, tart and sweet....we want the balance of full flavor.

Me: Well, I always feel inspired by your signature creations! What’s your favorite in Sugar Drop creation?

Brooke: Our Lemon Bars, they are my husband's great grandmothers recipe, Grandma Anderson, who passed before he was ever able to meet. I hope to hug her neck one day. I love having this piece of the family represented.

Me: What do you want people to feel when they try Sugar Drop sweets for the first time? Joy, nostalgia...

Brooke: All the things. We’ve been told our buttercream tastes the way it should, not too sweet, perfectly fluffy, the way grandma would make it. There’s no higher compliment.

 

If you need an extra helping of happy, just the way grandma would make it, here’s how you can get more of Sugar Drop!

Pop by the Shop!
Sugar Drop
7020 Church Street East, Suite #10
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hours
Monday-Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm
Phone: 629.202.6949

Check out the Sugar Drop website
AND if you're in Nashville don’t miss their popular cake and cookie decorating classes!

PLUS, share some of their sweetest creations through Sweeten the Day's custom gifts! Discover your next heartfelt gift here!