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Southern Living Magazine Review

A Sweet Slice of Mount Pleasant
Laura's Cheesecake, baked daily in Main Street Bakery, offers visitors a slice of downtown Mt. Pleasant. The bakery is located in Antiques & Uniques



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If you're headed east on I-30, think of Laura's Cheesecake in Mount Pleasant as the last sweet taste of Texas. If you're driving west back into the state, it's like a warm welcome home.

Monica Walden serves up Laura's Cheesecake on the square in downtown Mount Pleasant, a good place to pause if you're headed either way on I-30. You'll find desserts, gift shops, and even high tea in this town that lies just 62 miles west of Texarkana. Every day, Robin Croley bakes the cheesecake in this antiquity-filled shop. Main Street Bakery is located in Antiques & Uniques, a shop where owner Ann Noble points out some locally made items. After satisfying your sweet tooth, browse through brass and silver angel pins (15 dollars) by Mount Pleasant artist Karen Smith, pottery with a sky blue glaze by Pittsburg, Texas, potter Delores Albright (35 dollars), and gourmet foods and cookbooks from across the state.

Kids will like the large collection of rubber art stamps. "It's the biggest selection between Shreveport and Dallas;" Ann claims. Lunch at Main Street Bakery includes sandwiches such as turkey and cheese on focaccia (3.90). Many diners prefer their sandwiches made with Monica's fresh jalapeno cheese bread. For dessert try a slice of cheesecake (1.95).
Gary D. Ford

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