About the Bakery
In 2006, Paige Jones started a Cake and Candy Company in Lynchburg, TN. It was known then as Barrel Cakery. The Bakery specialized in Tipsy Cakes, Fudges, and Candy made with spirits, mainly using the local product Jack Daniel.
As local sales and wholesale accounts soared, the Jones’ decided to take bakery to the next level. By happenstance, The French Confection Bakery, who also specialized in “spirited desserts” came up for sale. The French Confection had been serving the finest Nashville Restaurants, Convention Centers, Hotels, and Wedding Venues for over 16 years. So, in 2014 the Barrel Cakery and the French Confection merged to become Sweet Southern Spirit Cake & Candy Company. The unique and one-of-a-kind recipes our bakery have developed have made us successful.
In 2015, Paige hired Krista Gerber as the Operations Manager. Very soon, Paige and Krista realized that they had the same maiden name. Our maiden name is Banks. Paige had heard her grandfather tell the stories that had been passed down seven generations of the Banks migration to America. Seven generations ago, five Banks brothers left Keswick, England for America. The five Banks brothers had come to America on five different ships in case of tragedy. Two of the Banks brothers perished at sea, leaving three brothers that settled in what is today West Virginia. Several years later, two of the Banks brothers moved their families to what is today Coffee and Bedford County. The part of Bedford County they settled is now in Moore County, Lynchburg, Tennessee.
So guess what? Krista Banks Gerber is the descendant of the Banks brother who stayed in West Virginia. She knew the exact same story I knew. That was an amazing moment for us. We both began to find as much information on our family as possible at that point. It is such a small world. So the “Banks girls” bake and serve the Middle Tennessee area with the best quality cakes and desserts possible.
Sweet Southern Spirit Bakery is owned and operated by Krista Banks Gerber and Paige Banks Jones. The Sweet Southern Spirit General store, in Lynchburg, Tennessee is owned and operated by the Jones Family.
In 2016, Sweet Southern Spirit won the Nashville Small Business Excellence Award. Previously, in 2015 Sweet Southern Spirit won the People's Choice Award for Best Bakery.