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Ever notice the butter yellow-colored building heading east into downtown? Buttercream Bakehouse is a top purveyor for fine wedding cakes, but it’s also a full service neighborhood café that opens at 8 a.m.

The family-owned and operated business is dedicated to providing European-quality pastries. Karrie Daze crisscrossed Europe with her husband, Glen, who was stationed overseas for 15 years. She brought her knowledge home and today makes cakes, croissants, turnovers, bread, rolls and noteworthy cheesecake.

This month, Glen will add fudge to the mix and, by the end of spring, Italian gelato will reappear in the ice cream case. There’s even a beverage dispenser dedicated to iced coffee — be still my heart!

Buttercream Bakehouse offers a lovely lunch with made-to-order sandwiches, salads and sometimes a soup, but the café is my stop for a quick breakfast and coffee during the morning lag — that hour between dropping one child off at school, while your preschooler tags around with you until 9 a.m.

Idle away the better part of an hour at Buttercream Bakehouse. Get a perfect cup of Gevalia coffee and a lattice-topped breakfast pastry (try the leek and cheese). Order your little one a muffin or share one of six egg sandwiches. Glen will make it fresh for you on homemade bread.

Buttercream Bakehouse sits opposite the Rutherford Road McDonald’s. They have three parking spots in the front and another seven or eight out back. How I love easy parking when kiddos are in-tow.

The bottom line

There’s a steamer trunk of toys, games and books. The couple has a son, Ryan, who is in the first grade. You’ll meet him if you stop by after school.

You can go

Buttercream Bakehouse

801 Buncombe St., Greenville

864-313-1816

www.buttercreambakehouse.com

Closed Sundays

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Stephanie Burnette is a food writer and mom to two kids. Connect at facebook.com/StephBurnette.

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