New bakery opens on 51 in Madison
MADISON — Lori Morrison grew up baking with her grandmothers and said she still uses their recipes today, even in some of her pastries at her new bakery, The Yellow Squirrel, on 820 US-51 in Madison.
The city of Madison held a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning to officially open The Yellow Squirrel.
Mayor Mary-Hawkins Butler attended, along with aldermen Mike Hudgins and Paul Tankersley, other city officials, and representatives from area businesses.
Morrison moved to Madison in 2003 from Meridian to work at Nissan. After receiving her culinary degree in 2018, she began her baking business which led to The Yellow Squirrel.
“I always wanted to have a bakery for as long as I can remember,” Morrison said. “It’s been a dream of mine all my life. I’ve done this all by myself. I love the creativity of baking, particularly the decorating and artistry of it. It’s peaceful and calming to me. I used to bake when I was stressed out at home and found that it’s a great way to destress.”
Morrison said the highlighted item at the bakery is the old-fashioned pound cake, along with petite fours, cinnamon rolls, pecan sandies, sweet rolls, red velvet rolls, blondies, cake pops, cupcakes, cakes in jars, Bundt cakes, and bread pudding. She plans to add croissants and other bread in the future.
The Yellow Squirrel also offers things like bath bombs, cake decorations such as candles and numbers, and flashy cake toppers to spruce up any cake.
“I was baking at home under the Cottage Law and could only make a certain number of sales, so I could either stay at that income level or risk it all out here and open a business,” Morrison said.
“By the grace of God, everything worked out. I want to thank my extended friends and family for supporting me and I hope everyone comes out and visits often.”
Hawkins-Butler said the bakery is adorable.
“God’s blessings are abundant, and we’re delighted to see Lori make her dream,” Hawkins-Butler said. “This is something Madison needs. It’s unique, it’s different and absolutely precious.”
Amy Cummins, events coordinator for the city of Madison, said the city is grateful to Morrison for choosing Madison to open her business.
“This is such a cute little shop, and I’ve tasted her goodies before and they are of course legit,” Cummins said.
The bakery’s temporary hours are Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. Morrison is planning to extend the hours to accommodate future breakfast items.