About Us

About Us

Charlena Lee, born and raised in the small town of Franklinton, NC.  We are in the very center of downtown in the old Corner Drug Store building. Never dreamed that I would be baking and putting smiles of faces that I don’t know or have ever seen.  I do enjoy it.  We are a small family owned and operated bakery and ice cream parlor, but we love what we do.  It’s not a job most days.

Raised by my grandmother Leola, which was a wiz in the kitchen when it came to baking.  Pies and cakes were always a part of the weekly activities in the Mangum household.

I’ve always loved baking but never thought about doing it as business.  When I was working in the corporate world, I would occasionally bring in something sweet into the office. 

Fast forward, 21 years selling media, entered culinary pastry school during COVID and managed to hold down work, school and some health challenges, and now here we are at Sugar Grinders.

People say, Oh I love the name. In my media days, a co-worker always commented that Charlena is always on her grind.  Now we have the name Sugar Grinders Creamery and Bakery…Always Grinding and everything we do has sugar.

This business could not happen so smoothly without the help of my oldest daughter Albany.  She’s the creative one of my three daughters and she likes to bake too! 

Needless to say, we work well together.  We work hard, and we don’t like to disappoint any customer when they trust us to do something special for them.

About Our Shop

Nestled in the heart of downtown Franklinton, Sugar Grinders is more than just a bakery; it’s a haven for those who appreciate the artistry of baking and the warmth of community. Housed in the historic “Corner Drug Store” building, our shop is a culmination of a heartfelt baking journey that started in a home kitchen. Inspired by the fond memories of our grandmother’s culinary magic.

The aroma of freshly baked treats, the carefully crafted custom cakes, and the artistic touch of our team, led by a mother-daughter duo, create an inviting atmosphere where every customer feels valued. Sugar Grinders is not just about desserts; it’s about creating moments of joy and celebration.

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We understand that life is full of surprises! While we recommend placing orders in advance, feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your last-minute requests based on availability.
We take pride in offering a diverse range of flavors to suit every palate. From classic vanilla and chocolate to exotic options, our menu is crafted to cater to your unique taste preferences. Contact us for a detailed list of available flavors.
Absolutely! We strive to accommodate various dietary needs. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions when placing your order, and we’ll work closely with you to create a delicious treat that meets your specific requirements.
To schedule a wedding cake tasting, simply get in touch with us. While there is a nominal fee associated with the tasting, it allows you to experience firsthand the quality and flavors of our cakes, helping you make an informed decision for your special day.
Yes, we offer online ordering for your convenience! Depending on your location, we may provide delivery services. Please check with us for details, as delivery options may vary. Local pickup is also available for those who prefer to collect their orders directly from our bakery.
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