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McKinney's Sweet Spot is a Downtown Favorite for Sweets, Coffee and Sandwiches

By S. Mathur

McKinney's Sweet Spot is the aptly named cake and ice cream shop located in a tree-lined downtown square. It's where people can take a break and watch the world go by, while enjoying delicious sweet treats and good coffee. Owner Kathy White says that when choosing the location, she picked a spot she really liked.

"As I made the decision to open a shop like this, I walked around the square and yes, it did seem to lack a shop like what I had in mind. I wanted a place that anyone could go to and bring their kids. I wanted to create an atmosphere that was comfortable for anything from a first date to a birthday party or just someone stopping by to grab a cup of coffee."

McKinney's Sweet Spot offers sweets and baked goods, but much else besides. It's a great place to grab a healthy lunch, says White, with a popular chicken salad sandwich on a toasted croissant. There are turkey and tuna sandwiches, unbeatable scones and speciality coffees. There's even a BLT on a croissant. In fact, White says that you can order just about anything on the menu and be sure you will like it.

White credits her baker for making each offering unique: "Not only is she really awesome at what she does, but she puts her heart into it and wants every single person to feel special on their occasion and takes extreme pride in making that happen. She NEVER ceases to amaze me!" Cupcakes, scones, brownies, and cookies are also part of the daily menu.

One of the most popular items is the gooey butter cake, and people have been known to make special trips just to get a piece. Some items are so popular that the website actually lists the weekly baking schedule, to avoid disappointment. The shop also makes custom cakes, especially for weddings. Birthday cakes are a local favorite and are known and spoken of as THE CAKE until the next year's offering.

Adding to the welcoming neighborhood feeling, there is artwork by local artists on display on the exposed brick walls. The one-of-a-kind artwork is on consignment and sells out fast. For White, opening the shop was a chance to finally to do something she really wanted: "After years of being a single Mom and having to stay at jobs that I did not like, once my son was grown and on his own, I decided that I wanted to do something where I could be creative, help others and not stress so much."

Visitors seem to agree, and the shop is a favorite among residents as a destination after a brisk walk in the fall, a stop with the grandkids for ice cream, and a break from shopping.

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