“Nothing is sweeter than family.” That is the slogan of Five Daughters Bakery, which opened its Seaside Airstream recently. Owners Isaac and Stephanie Meek named it after their five daughters, and include the girls in the business. They’ve been featured in Southern Living, US and People magazines and others. Celebrity fans include Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Meeks started the bakery in their Nashville, Tenn., home in 2015 as Isaac, an accountant, made a career change when the couple was expecting their fifth daughter. “We did it so we could be together,” Stephanie says, “when our youngest was born. She’d sleep through the night and we’d bake while she slept. Now it’s fun for the girls to be in the bakery and meet people with us. The kids love to help.”
The bakery is most known for creating the 100 Layer Doughnut, their take on a cronut (a hybrid of a croissant and doughnut). The eatery also offers healthy paleo doughnuts, gourmet vegan doughnuts and common bakery items such as cookies, muffins and cupcakes. “We exclusively use either organic or local ingredients in all our pastries,” Stephanie says. “And we never use GMO or artificial colorings.”
The bakery also uses 100 percent recyclable and environmentally friendly compostable materials. “From individual doughnut packaging to forks and knives,” Stephanie adds, “we believe it is better to pay a little more to support our planet.”
The business concept is about bringing people together over quality food and having an unforgettable experience. “It’s a nostalgic thing for me, as one of my favorite memories is eating a doughnut with my dad. And we want our customers to make their own special memories,” Stephanie says. “Not only will they have the best doughnut of their life, they will feel joy, comfort, and at home at Five Daughters Bakery. This is a way to enrich our community and make people happy with pastries.”