On July 23, 2014, Food Network stars Susan Catron and Nikki Gribble seized the opportunity to open a brand new cupcake shop at The Island in Pigeon Forge – The Sweet Shoppe of the South. From gourmet cupcakes and freshly baked cookies to chocolate covered caramel apples and award-winning caramel pretzels, The Sweet Shoppe is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Whether you are visiting Pigeon Forge with your special someone or renting a cabin with the entire family, be sure to stop by The Sweet Shoppe to experience a little taste of heaven! All of the delicious treats are made fresh daily with the freshest ingredients like real butter, local produce, and fresh eggs.
With a variety of over 40 different flavors of gourmet cupcakes, flavors change daily, so be sure to check out The Sweet Shoppe’s Facebook page for an updated daily menu. Some of their most popular cupcake flavors include:
- Cookie Dough
- Carrot Cake
- Southern Classic
- German Chocolate
The Sweet Shoppe is more than a typical bakery, so if cupcakes aren’t your thing, indulge in some tasty homemade cheesecake, truffles, or mouthwatering chocolate-covered fruit. Cheesecake flavors vary from Key Lime Pie and Cookies & Cream to Pumpkin and Blueberry. Everyone is sure to find something they’ll love with such a wide selection!
Prices range from $1.50 for a mini cupcake to $59 for a whole cheesecake, but most items fall between the $3 and $8 range. The new cupcake shop in Pigeon Forge is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Sweet Shoppe History
After discovering that they shared a passion for being in the kitchen, Nikki and Susan founded their original bakery, The Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge, on May 11, 2011. With Nikki’s childhood experience making chocolate candies with all the women of the family and Susan baking homemade cakes alongside her mother, the ladies decided to bring the chocolate world and baking world together. Now they wow everyone with their scrumptious recipes.
The two friends were invited to serve the state capital and the governor of Georgia their gourmet cupcakes shortly after opening their first bakery. Excited to take their business to the next level, Nikki and Susan traveled to LA for their first episode of Cupcake Wars on Food Network within five months of opening their Blue Ridge store. They placed 2nd among other companies from across the US.
Although they did not win their first battle on Cupcake Wars, Food Network wanted the girls to return to LA to compete on a new redemption episode of the show. Nikki and Susan didn’t hesitate to accept the challenge! They went back, competed, and won their second appearance on Cupcake Wars, giving them the title of Cupcake Wars Champions!
Nikki and Susan were awarded $10,000 and given the opportunity to serve their winning cupcakes at the Hollywood VIP screening of Adam Sandler’s movie, Hotel Transylvania. The ladies now operate three Sweet Shoppes including the new Food Network Shoppe of the South in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The other two stores are the prize location in Blue Ridge, Georgia, and a smaller store in McCaysville, Georgia, that opened in 2013.
Places to Shop at The Island
The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, opened in 2013 and has so much to offer. There are plenty of attractions, restaurants, and family activities, so plan to spend the afternoon when you visit The Island! Here are a few attractions and family-friendly things to do:
- The Island Show Fountains
- The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
- Island Mirror Maze
- 7D Dark Ride Adventure
- Flying Horse Carousel
- Arcade City
The Hard Rock Café is one of the many new restaurants at The Island. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, and Dick’s Last Resort are among the newest additions. Other snack shops and restaurants include:
- Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
- Mellow Mushroom Select
- Timberwood Grill
- The Island Creamery
- Bill’s Lemonade
After enjoying a nice dinner, be sure to check out The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel – a 200-foot tall gondola ride that is most impressive at night with its 24,000-square-foot light show that illuminates the night sky! There is also a carousel ride located right next to it that’s perfect for the little ones. You can stop by the candy store, take your children to the Build-A-Bear Workshop, or visit The Toy Chest Company to shop for souvenirs that they’re guaranteed to love!
Pigeon Forge Cabin Rentals Near The Island
Do you want to find a relaxing place to stay that is just a short drive away from all of the excitement of downtown? Cabins in Pigeon Forge are great for taking vacations with your family, friends, or loved ones. With over 5,000 cabins for you to choose from, finding the perfect cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, can be challenging if you don’t know where to look.
Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins makes it simple because you can easily browse our list of Pigeon Forge cabin rentals by the number of bedrooms and by amenities. We offer a plethora of cabins to choose from, ranging from pet-friendly or budget-friendly cabins to luxury cabin rentals.
To learn more about our Pigeon Forge, TN cabins, or if you’re looking for a specific type of cabin rental, feel free to call our reservation specialists at 1-886-513-7885. Live chat support is also available to answer your questions if you prefer browsing the cabins on your own. We are happy to help you search for exactly what you want!