As TV cook Sandra Lee puts it, “Cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food.” Family and friends of Justin Triplet, owner of The Sweet Spot in Oak Grove, understand this and know a good cookie when they taste one.
“My butterscotch cookies got me going in this business. Everybody loves them. I couldn’t understand why everyone went crazy over them. They’re just cookies. But I had co-workers paying me $20 a dozen for them,” Triplett said.
Triplet’s modesty about his baking skills didn’t fly with his family.
After taking a leave from his previous job in insurance, Triplet’s family encouraged him to pursue a baking business.
“I love to cook. Always have. I’ve always worked in customer service and enjoyed my work, but I’m finding I really enjoy this as well.”
Triplet opened The Sweet Spot in September, baking up a variety of treats and delivering locally. Business has grown steadily since then, and a store front on Broadway in Oak Grove is under construction.
Popular items with customers include cookies, pies, and cinnamon rolls.
“The cinnamon rolls are a 3rd generation family recipe. People are in love with them. It’s become a top selling item.”
Triplet has grown his business steadily and financed it himself along the way, buying one piece of equipment for his storefront at a time and focusing on his online business.
“I received great advice along the way to not get myself into debt growing the business. I just bought my last piece of equipment and cannot wait until the store front is ready.”
The store front will include a coffee shop and the menu will feature a number of new items and a list of 22 pies available for purchase.
Triplet has found his key to success has been to be genuine and kind.
“Simply being kind is so important. I’ve had business brought to me because of that. It’s pretty simple. Be kind and create a quality product.”
Triplet requests two days’ notice for local deliveries. Orders can be placed online at www.thesweetspotog.com/shop or customers may call 816-627-9249. The Sweet Spot can also be found on Facebook at The Sweet Spot OG.