I’ve been following Julie Goodnight around for about 18 years now. The longtime baking goddess based in Conway stepped away from 20 years at Ed’s Custom Bakery back in 2013 to make a go of things on her own – and she nailed it.
Her bakery, opened in a spot that has rotated from being a Hardee’s to a Wimpy’s and several things in-between, faced locational challenges from the start. But Julie’s manages to make it work. Through hot breakfasts, cookies, kolaches and coffee, this bakery has made its mark.
There are beverages, too – coolers full of different bottles and cans, plus fountain drinks and coffee and chocolate milk, which Hunter must always have when we stop.
Next time you’re in the Conway area, head up Skyline (US Highway 65) east of Interstate 40 and pull in at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe and Bakery. She opens at 5 a.m. but closes at 6 p.m. (4 p.m. on Saturday) and never on Sunday. For more information, check out the website.