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Mt. Pleasant bakery called best by its loyal customers

Mary Garmoe, co-owner of Mt. Pleasant bakery, Batter & Dough (And More), said she was honored her business was recognized as the Best Bakery in the Best of Southeast Iowa 2020 competition. (Ashley Duong/The Union)
Mary Garmoe, co-owner of Mt. Pleasant bakery, Batter & Dough (And More), said she was honored her business was recognized as the Best Bakery in the Best of Southeast Iowa 2020 competition. (Ashley Duong/The Union)

MT. PLEASANT — Even in light of a tough year, Mt. Pleasant bakery, Batter & Dough (And More), is celebrating success.

The bakery was recently named best bakery in the Best of Southeast Iowa 2020 awards as well as best dessert in Mt. Pleasant. The bakery was nominated by local residents and won the title based on online votes.

“I felt kind of honored that our customers feel that we’re the best,” Mary Garmoe, co-owner of the business, said.

The bakery, which has been opened just shy of two years, serves an assortment of homemade goods including cookies, scones, kolaches, pies. The bakery provides custom-decorated cakes and serves lunch.

Garmoe, who started the business out of her home, said the bakery won the title of best bakery in Mt. Pleasant last year but to win best in the region is a special recognition she feels very honored to receive.

“When you think about it, we were up against people in Burlington and Fort Madison and to win it was just awesome, it was nice,” she said.

The baker said she was not actively watching the stream of the award ceremony where winners were announced.

“My sister was watching it, and I could hear it, and I went, ‘What’d they say? What’d they say?’ It was a shock but it felt great,” Garmoe said of when she heard her bakery had won.

“When you think about it, we were up against people in Burlington and Fort Madison and to win it was just awesome, it was nice,” she added.

Garmoe said being recognized in a year that has been disrupted by a pandemic is a testament to the bakery’s customer base.

“We’ve had a really great customer following that has come in through everything — the covid shutdown and the restrictions and mandates,” she said.

Looking forward, Garmoe said she’s excited for a smoother year and to continue to reach new customers.

“We still have customers, quite a few times a week that come in and say, ‘We didn’t know you were here,’” she said.

Garmoe added she hopes to bring people joy through her baked goods.

“I’m here to make people happy through food and provide them with great food,” she said.