Hermann lovers of all things sweet and delicious have a new morning destination on their plates.
Sugar & Spice Laura's Delights II opened on Sunday in Hermann at 308 Market St. The co-owners are Laura and Arthur "Snooze" Gilbert, who also operate Sugar & Spice Laura's Delights in Montgomery City.
The Gilberts purchased the location -- the former site of the longtime Battocletti's Bake Shoppe -- on Dec. 18, 2020. The couple also told the Advertiser-Courier that work to remodel the shop began the very next day, continuing all the way until Sunday's soft opening.
"We've worked on it nonstop," Snooze said. "We just wanted to expand....We love Hermann."
Besides such an opportunity presenting itself to the Gilberts, there are other reasons they took a chance on Hermann -- which they praised for its tourism.
"We think it's a cool town," Laura said.
The couple says there was a tremendous response from the community for the first day, with hungry fans lined up waiting for the shop to open. They have already noted a huge sense of appreciation, compliments, and welcome from Hermann residents. They had known the location was quite popular.
The Gilberts, who live at Loutre Shore, said they had been interested in opening a Hermann location for the past year -- having known the Battoclettis' plans to retire from their bakery business. They added that it was a challenge to get the local shop prepared to open in light of their responsibilities at running the business in Montgomery City.
Breakfast and lunch are offered on a menu, along with a full line of doughnuts, pastries and pies. Unlike in Montgomery City, pizza and ice cream will not be offered in Hermann.
It's taken the Gilberts and some of the Montgomery City staff to help with the opening. There's lots of activity this week at both locations ahead of high expectations for Valentine's Day next Sunday.
"We're still looking for a couple of people," said Laura of ongoing hiring plans.
Hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
There is a Facebook page and the business's website is www.sugarnspicebakery.com.