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The Sweet (New) Spot

Get your fresh-baked items and sandwiches on the go 
at this delightful drive-thru

We the Pesto features shaved chicken with a pesto aioli, vine-ripened tomatoes and a tangy balsamic glaze.
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The sticky buns are croissant-like, flaky handheld treats are topped with cinnamon, sugar and nuts.
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This decorated batch of sugar cookies was frosted with red, white and blue at the grand opening.
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A vanilla bean scone covered with a sweet glaze is the perfect companion to a cup of hot coffee for a breakfast on the go.
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A springy pound cake topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries is a simple yet fulfilling summertime dessert.
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Liberty Bakery can create custom-designed cakes, cupcakes and pies.
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The carrot cake is perfectly moist and bursting with carrot flavor. The cream cheese frosting is not overly sweet, balancing nicely with the cake.
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Assorted seasonal muffins, like these blueberry muffins, are coated with a crumbly streusel topping.
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A springy pound cake topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries is a simple yet fulfilling summertime dessert.
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6661 Bowden Road, Southside

321-9567

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Caron Streibich covers dining out throughout Northeast Florida. If you have information about new restaurant openings, menu changes or other food-related news, contact her here. Streibich is also the host of our regular Folio Weekly Bite Club gatherings. Follow the Bite Club on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about it.

After three years as a civil engineer, Grace Kernan found office life to be mundane — except when someone was celebrating a birthday. She eagerly baked everyone's cakes, tailoring the theme and flavor of the cake to the lucky birthday boy or girl.

Fast-forward to 2013: Kernan is now following her passion, recently opening Liberty Bakery in an old Skinner's Dairy Store at the corner of Bowden and Parental Home roads. She keeps busy five days a week whipping up everything from scratch: bread, cupcakes, cookies, cakes and pastries (get the croissant-like, flaky sticky buns with cinnamon and sugar). Every carb, even the English muffins and biscuits, is prepared fresh from scratch.

"Making food for someone really is a nice way to share how much you care about their well-being — even strangers!" Kernan said.

Strangers-turned-regulars scarf up warm cinnamon rolls, vanilla bean scones, seasonal berry streusel muffins and savory breakfast sandwiches (the bacon, egg and cheese on sour cream biscuit is my kind of morning starter!).

Six sandwiches are available at lunchtime and tout witty names like Abra-Ham Lincoln, Red, White & BBQ, Johnny Apple-Cheese, We the Pesto, and Two If by Brie. We the Pesto won over my tastebuds — homemade bread toasted and topped with shaved chicken, pesto aioli, vine-ripened tomatoes and a tangy balsamic glaze. In addition to these patriotic choices, there are salads and soups. Favorites include French onion, sherried tomato and creamy tortilla.

Kernan's father was in the Navy, so patriotism has always been important to her family. And while she can't pinpoint when her love affair for baking began, she quickly recalls her first specialty cake. It was in the shape of a rock, and Kernan iced the words "Mom Rocks!" on it for Mother's Day about nine years ago. And the rest is history.

As for sweets, there are abundant offerings. Cake is available by the slice (the fluffy carrot cake will change your life), and cookie and cupcake flavors change daily.

Open 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Liberty Bakery is walk-up (or drive-thru) only. Catering is also available.

"It allows me to do what I love," Kernan said. "Since we really want to focus on baked goods, this works for us. And cupcakes are a perfect to-go food."

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