Since she was a teenager, Sheila Martin has been in the business of baking. It’s a craft that allows her to connect with others and share a little bit of happiness with them.
She loves creating new industries for herself, which prompted her to quit her bakery job to start her own food truck business.
“For years I’ve always wanted to do some kind of bakery of my own,” Martin said. “I moved down here to Georgia from Pennsylvania to work at a local bakery to gain some experience.”
After working at Wagon Barn Market and Pineland Bakery in Waynesboro, Martin began working on a bakery of her own: Shelia’s Baking Co. She’d been inspired by a Tennessee bakery called Miss Miller’s, a baked goods food truck made out of an old school bus. Martin’s brother, who owns a truck dealership in Virginia, found an old bus, and he and Martin’s father did the necessary mechanical work to develop the new bakery-on-wheels.
Martin did almost everything else herself, from the design and paint job to building out the equipment setup and counters. After around nine months of work, Martin opened Sheila’s Baking Co. last September.
“It was a lot of work,” Martin said. “A lot more difficult than I was expecting it to be.”
She also said it’s been worth it.
“I love baking, it’s something that gives me a lot of joy,” she said.
Martin said the signature items at Sheila’s are her donuts and apple fritters. Cinnamon rolls with brown butter cream cheese icing and kolaches—fruit-filled pastries—are popular as well. Sheila’s also sells coffee made by North Augusta-based Stone Roastery. Martin will soon start selling her baked goods at a bake shop in Evans called Yotopia Frozen Sweets and Treats.