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Local pastry shop vying for ‘sweetest’ title

SWEET TREATS — Vanessa Beaver and her Sweet Temptations Pastry Shop are contestants in the Sweetest Bakery in America contest being hosted by Dawn Foods. -- Amy Neeley

WEIRTON — Tucked away on a street in the Marland Heights section of Weirton sits what may be “the best kept secret in Weirton.”

Three years ago, Vanessa Beaver decided she was tired of using her pastry talents for others and opened her own store.

In addition to a variety of pastries, Sweet Temptations also offers sandwiches, soups and pepperoni rolls — lots of pepperoni rolls.

Beaver said the cafe part of her business grew and became a part of the community.

“People flock here for the chicken salad — there is always a special little ingredient,” she said. “The kids get off the bus and come inside. They split a sandwich or get a cookie. Their parents probably hate all the money but think some day they are going to be grown and talking about that pastry shop they went to everyday.”

The shop is doing so well, they have been entered into the the Sweetest Bakery in America contest being hosted by Dawn Foods.

Patrons of the store can either go online at sweetestbakeryinamerica.com/ and vote of the store or text SBA1756 to 474747.

“It is really a popularity thing,” Beaver said. “Your customers vote for you because they think you are the best. It’s exciting to have that support. They let me know every day they have voted for me.”

The pastry shop is currently number one in the state of West Virginia and has a chance to rank nationally.

“I don’t know about getting number one in the country, but it would be great to place,” Beaver said. “This is my chance to get on the map. Be in baking magazines.”

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