While growing up in the Reidsville area of Rockingham County, NC, sisters Abbey and Kristyn Carter spent lots of time in the kitchen, helping their mother with baking and cake decorating. Abbey especially fell in love with baking and honed her baking craft. While she was a high school student in the Early College program at Rockingham Community College, she had the opportunity to open her own bakery. Aspen Bakery & Coffee Bar opened in June of 2017 in Wentworth and it has been full steam ahead ever since.
Abbey says her parents supported her entrepreneurial spirit and helped her get started with Aspen Bakery & Coffee Bar after the bakery where was working closed up shop. “It just kind of fell in my lap when the previous owners decided to close. They asked if we wanted to buy it and the rest is history,” said Abbey.
While Abbey was getting Aspen off the ground, her sister Kristyn was away at college honing her barista craft. She eventually joined Abbey and brough her knowledge and skills for running a coffee bar to Wentworth.
Aspen Bakery & Coffee Bar is an old fashioned, home-style bakery and full service coffee shop offering a variety of pastries, southern sweets, specialty coffees and handcrafted coffee drinks, teas, and other desserts. Abbey says their bakery is more of a country, home-style bakery offering classics such as Coca-Cola cake, red velvet cake, various pound cakes, wine cake and Reese’s peanut butter cheesecake. They also make wedding cakes and do special order items.
The coffee bar serves regular coffee as well as specialty coffee drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, smoothies and an assortment of hot teas.
“The best thing about opening our own business is the customers,” said Abbey. “Everyone in the area has been so supportive and loyal and we appreciate that so much. We love that we get to meet so many people and be a part of this community.”
Visit Aspen Bakery & Coffee Bar at 8460-C NC HWY 87 in the Wentworth area (next to Elizabeth’s Pizza). Hours are Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.