Flour Shop Bakery offers sweet treats for the holidays

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Open for nearly three decades in Brentwood, Flour Shop Bakery has spent years baking family recipes for holidays, parties and everyday treats.

Owner Iris Staggs opened the bake shop 27 years ago, but even before then, she manned the bakery in Huff’s Grocery Store, honing her craft of simple Southern sweets.

“I didn’t want anything fancy,” she said. “You can take anything we’ve got here home and say you made it.”

The store still features wooden booths for customers to sit and enjoy a whoopie pie or cookie, and the bakery’s menu has not changed much over the years, besides seasonal rotations, Staggs said. The Flour Shop’s top sellers include sweet breads, glazed petits fours and their signature fried pies, she said. “We stick with our fried pies ... stuff that Mama made, my Mama made, stuff I’ve made up to do,” Staggs said.

Other items include a variety of cookies, iced cakes and hard-to-find Southern confections, such as wedding cake cookies—also known as Russian teacakes.

Staggs said everything is baked fresh daily using recipes honed to perfection over the years. The banana bread even comes from her mother’s recipe, she said.

“You just pick up recipes and you make them,” she said. “If you don’t like them, you tweak them, and you do something to make them your own.”

Seasonal offerings include pumpkin bread and other holiday flavors as well as pecan pies for customers to bring to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Staggs said that with the busy season of holidays approaching, customers should call in their orders as soon as possible to ensure they will get their baked goods on time.

“I have one big oven back there,” she said. “In the holiday time, you work around the clock to get the orders filled, and at a point, if you don’t order early, we just say, ‘I’m sorry, we can’t do it.’”

Additionally, the store only accepts cash and checks rather than bank and credit cards, she said, so customers should come in prepared before they order. Staggs said she prefers to keep her shop as it was when she opened it.

“When I came here 27 years ago, you didn’t have a credit card or debit card in your pocket,” she said.

The homey space, with a jukebox in the corner and shelves filled with sweets, resembles many Southern homes around the Christmas season.

“This is an extension of my kitchen,” she said. “If you came to my house, this is what we do.”

Flour Shop Bakery

5002 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood


Hours: Tue.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., closed Sun.
By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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