Alana Sult loves her community and supporting other small businesses like hers.
That’s why Two On Earth Bakery can often be found at the heart of many of Pineville’s biggest community events, such as the annual Fall Festival and tree lighting celebrations. And it’s why, on the second Tuesday of every month, Two On Earth Bakery welcomes kids from the community into the shop, at 333 Main St., for reading and cupcakes.
“The kids come in, get read a story and the book gets raffled off to one of the kids and they each get a mini cupcake,” Sult said.
Two On Earth Bakery has hosted the sessions since October 2013, and Sult is happy to see attendance start to increase. The gatherings aren’t just for children, either.
“Moms come in and they’ll get a drink and maybe a scone. It seems to be going well,” Sult said.
Community involvement is at the heart of Sult’s efforts at Two On Earth Bakery, along with her sister and bakery co-owner, Barbara Dillon. The two originally planned to open a tearoom, but when that didn’t pan out, Sult started baking scones at home for area coffee shops.
The bakery eventually found its home in Pineville, and a relationship was born between Two On Earth Bakery and neighbors.
“We love Pineville and we hope they love us,” Sult said. “… I need to be involved in the community because this is where we are, and it’s very important to have community ties.”
Two On Earth Bakery’s next community engagement efforts will help one of Pineville’s newest residents, Spay Neuter Charlotte. The bakery will host an event on Feb. 24, a Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m., where area animal advocacy group Pawbrokers will sell donated jewelry to raise money for the new spay and neuter location at 10833 Pineville Road.
“The fundraiser is a wonderful and creative collaboration among our three organizations,” Spay Neuter Charlotte executive director Cary Bernstein said in an email. “Pawbrokers is providing amazing jewelry, Two On Earth Bakery will be the fun backdrop for displaying the jewelry, and the proceeds from sales will go to Spay Neuter Charlotte. Folks may shop to their hearts’ content knowing that they are supporting a great cause – helping dogs and cats in our community.”
Find more information on Spay Neuter Charlotte at www.spayneutercharlotte.org, and on Pawbrokers at www.pawbrokers.org.
Sult feels bound to give back to her community, even though she’s not a Pineville resident. The relatively young bakery might not still be in business if it wasn’t for the support its received.
“Like anything else, (owning a small business) has its moments,” Sult said. “We opened during a recession, so it’s had its challenges. But, the community has been great.”
“I think it’s good to have a presence in town,” Sult continued regarding community involvement, which “helps us, and it helps everybody. I wanted to be in a small town, I like the whole feel of it.”
Even though the business has donated items to various churches, provided cakes to Pineville Parks and Recreation and has worked with other local businesses, Sult said she doesn’t “do as much as we should because we’re a small business.” She hopes downtown will continue to grow and bring more business to the small town, and together they can all work for the betterment of Pineville.
“Small towns are dying; you see small town dying everywhere,” she said. “We just have to look out for each other.”
Find more information about Two On Earth Bakery at its website, www.twoonearthbakery.com.