Chelsea Smith Reeves is reaching her goal of having it all.
She and her husband, Hunter, have been married for just over a year. They lived in Summerville for a while, but decided to move to Cottageville to be near family. With the birth of their little girl, Cumberland Mae, Reeves chose to be a stay-at-home mom.
Knowing that she had a love of cooking and baking, Reeves decided to start a bakery business, Little Cottage Bakery.
“I have been cooking and baking since I was a little girl,” said Reeves. “Our family is full of amazing cooks, and I have so many wonderful memories growing up being in the kitchen with my mom, aunts and grandmas. I’ve always loved the idea of growing up, having my own home where I can host parties and do all of the catering. I love how so many wonderful memories are created around the table,” she said.
Those memories are still going on as Reeve’s mom, Cindy, is her part-time partner in the business.
“I decided to start this business to give me the opportunity to stay home and raise our little girl while showing her she can do anything she puts her mind to if she works hard and stays dedicated,” said Reeves. Those values are important to her since she was raised on those same principles.
With her talent for cooking and baking, combined with her strong work ethic, business has spread by word of mouth and Facebook throughout Cottageville and neighboring communities.
Business is so good that she is fully booked through Thanksgiving.
“Business has been great! We have received so much support from our community. Right now, our business is in home; however, we are strongly considering expanding,” said Reeves. Her future plans are to continue to expand and grow and work her way to a retail location to benefit her customers.
According to Reeves, her specials are her famous chocolate chip cookies and homemade-from-scratch cakes and pies.
“We bake cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, quiche, loaf cakes, muffins, cheesecakes and have more in the works at Little Cottage Bakery,” said Reeves. “We use family southern recipes for all of our products and use as many farm fresh ingredients as possible.”
Reeves is proud of the success of Little Cottage Bakery and the rapport she has with her community and family.
“My entire family is an inspiration and full of so many incredible people,” said Reeves. “My faith in God inspires me to use the gifts and talents I’ve been given and serve others. And my husband and little girl are the lights of my life and make me want to be better each day for them.”
Reeves wants her customers to know that she is taking orders for Christmas and will be rolling out some specialty items. Some of these are decorative Christmas jars filled with cookie ingredients.
People can order through Facebook or call 843-789-0266.