Sugarland: Bakery? Bar? Both!

Sugarland has only been in business three years, but has already been featured on the Food Network, MTV Good Morning America and in Southern Living magazine! When I asked Co-owner (with her husband) Katrina Ryan why she was getting so much national exposure, she said she wasn’t exactly sure except she has a bright, colorful shop and is on a block of Franklin St. that probably gets more foot traffic than any other block in North Carolina. She also told me Sugarland is the only Bakery/Bar in North Carolina.

Either Katrina was being humble or someone needs to tell her it’s about her product. If her baked goods weren’t, and she wasn’t as creative as she is with said products, she’d be just another bakery.

We stopped in for dessert after lunch with College Daughter and one of her friends.

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I thought I’d get something small like a cookie . . . until I saw . . . the Gelato! I was gobsmacked! We all were. Sugarland describes their Gelato so:

“When people come into Sugarland, they are frequently flat-out gobsmacked by the beauty of our gelato case. Our gelato maestro spins our gelato daily according to authentic Italian recipes and methods. The result is a magically creamy, intensely flavored treat with less than half the fat and calories of premium ice cream.”

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Before we saw the Gelato, we passed by some pretty cool cakes and cupcakes.

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Note the cake display boxes on the wall.

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We also passed a nice selection of beer and read through their Frozen Martini flavors!

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Sugarland

As we were savoring our Gelato, I noticed a table of women who looked like they were Sugarland staff on a break. Didn’t pay much attention until I saw that one of them was wearing “cupcake pants”. Is it wrong to take a picture of someone’s cupcake pants under a table?

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As it turned out, those were owner Katrina’s legs wrapped in cupcakes! She didn’t have a problem with the picture and actually met and talked with me in the bakery’s nerve center where the magic happens. Katrina’s in pink.

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Sure seems like a fun crew at Sugarland!

One parting shot as we walked by later that evening:

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Epicurean Notes:

I’ve read some complaints about customer service at Sugarland relating to orders for event (wedding, groom and birthday) cakes, but can’t speak to that. Service was just fine for our over-the-counter treat. I’ve also read a couple comments about their prices being high. Our Gelato was around $4 for a “small” cup (not sure on the ounces) which was filled to overflowing with some of the most delicious Gelato any of us had ever tasted. We tried pistachio, chocolate, pomegranate and one more that eludes my memory.

Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for.

Sugarland
140 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3617
(919) 929-2100

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One Response to Sugarland: Bakery? Bar? Both!

  1. This place looks amazing! you do such a great job capturing the vibe of the place in your photographs. There wasn’t anything even remotely like this when I was a student at Chapel Hill. Today’s college students don’t know how lucky they are. Used to be the best culinary experience you could have in Chapel Hill was lasagna at the Rat. Will definitely be planning a trip to Chapel Hill soon!

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