Sugar Bakeshop opened in 2007 and, despite owners Bill Bowick and David Bouffard having never baked professionally before, the bakery quickly became known for its stellar cupcakes. Turns out they were naturals: Bill, in particular, was inspired by a childhood spent on the receiving end of his mother’s and grandmother’s homemade treats. After the Tennessee native moved to New York, he clocked a lot of phone time with his mother getting the basics down. The long-distance lessons paid off: Sugar has become Charlestonians’ go-to for nostalgic desserts like Lady Baltimore cake and saucer-sized oatmeal raisin cookies, and it’s impossible to walk out of the bakery without a signature white and teal box of their buttercream-slicked cupcakes. Savor their year-round flavors like vanilla-blueberry and chocolate-almond-coconut or come by in season for cranberry-walnut and lime curd. Not a cupcake fan? No problem! Snack on cookies, cakes, and pies in similarly delightful flavors.