Muddy’s Journal

ask a baker: where to purchase baking supplies locally!

This week I have a very Memphis-specific question to answer for you guys: What are some good places to buy baking supplies in Memphis?

Memphis is blessed with (at least) two majorly great and locally owned baking supply stores! We at Muddy's Bake Shop rely upon these two on a consistent basis, and we highly recommend them to our readers (in no particular order).

The first is Lit Restaurant Supply. Oh, Lit, let me count the ways I love thee! This place is not just for restaurants, but it IS priced for restaurants (meaning their everyday prices are a major discount for the average consumer) and carries a variety of hard-to-find kitchen supplies. When I needed a kitchen torch for my sister's birthday creme brûlées, I didn't have time to shop around town. I just ran into Lit, got what I needed, and got back into the kitchen! Lit carries many other things beyond basic baking gadgets, and they are a wonderful one-stop shop for everything from spatulas to icing tips to a single cake box to transport Grandma's homemade cake to Mom's house. They have three locations:

                              
Lit Main, the original store at 309 Union Avenue
Lit Junior at 2965 Summer Avenue
Lit Junior at 1665 Winchester

The second delicious and locally owned baking supply store is, like Lit, a great local Memphis business that has been around for ages. Mary Carter's Decorating Center has recently moved to a new location at 733 N. White Station (at the corner of White Station and Summer), so be sure to check out their fabulous improved storefront! 

This business has been in the family for four generations--since 1959!--so trust me, they know what they are doing! Specializing in cake decorating and candy-making supplies, Mary Carter's is guaranteed to carry those last minute, final-touch items you may not have considered before putting those cake layers in the oven. Can you say SPRINKLES?! For many of our bakers, when baking at home, Mary Carter's is the one place they run to for that one special icing tip, that pirate ship cake mold for the one-year old's birthday party, you name it, they have it!

Once you've baked lots of goodies and want to give them away, be sure to stop into Muddy's Bake Shop on Sanderlin for some super cute packaging supplies like heart-shaped doilies, gold-threaded bakers' twine, Rifle Paper Company gift tags, carefully curated greeting cards, and super adorable sparkler "candles"!  

Happy shopping at our fellow local businesses this week!