Sweet success in downtown Danville

Left: Bluegrass & Buttercream owner Shana Followell. Right: Followell's cake shop creates custom cakes for any occasion, including "smash cakes" for babies. (Kat's Eye Photography)
Left: Bluegrass & Buttercream owner Shana Followell. Right: Followell’s cake shop creates custom cakes for any occasion, including “smash cakes” for babies. (Kat’s Eye Photography)

Downtown Danville is a lot sweeter now, thanks to young entrepreneur Shana Followell. She opened her bakery, Bluegrass & Buttercream, Sept. 27 on North Third Street just off Main.

“Danville has given me such a warm welcome,” Followell said. “I have had so many guests stop in just to welcome me to the block and tell me how happy they are that I am there and doing well.”

The bakery’s front of the house has cozy couch seating and distressed wooden tables for up to 16 guests at a time, while the front door is open for patrons who want cupcakes, cookies, bourbon candied pecans, daily specialties, plus a selection of local Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and freshly ground Dry Stack coffee, a small-batch coffee whose beans are roasted in Danville. Bluegrass & Buttercream creates custom cakes for any special occasions.

“Being so young in a historic town with businesses who have been open for more years than I have been alive was definitely a bit daunting at first,” Followell said, “but I have had so much encouragement and support from those veteran business owners. I’m very honored to be part of our downtown community and more than a little relieved that I have been welcomed with open arms.”

—Kathie Stamps