At Work With Back In The Day Bakery

At Work With Back in the Day Bakery via A Beautiful MessToday, Cheryl Day is here to share a little bit about her bakery, Back in the Day! We're smitten with her charming space!Fun touches at Back in the Day BakeryBake in the Day Bakery"Hi! My name is Cheryl Day and I own Back in the Day Bakery with my husband Griff; it's a neighborhood bakeshop in Savannah, Georgia. Our specialty is handcrafted American scratch baking and I think it is the best job in the world. 

Along with being a baker I am also an author of cookbooks. "The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" with Artisan Books is about our tried and true recipes and how we enjoy living a handmade life. We were named Amazon's along with Food and Wine Magazines top 25 cookbooks of 2012. Such an honor! I am currently working on our second book."

At Work With Back in the Day BakeryLovely Work Area"I rise early at 3:30 a.m. and head into the bakery for my favorite time of day. Early morning is quiet time and I am in the baking zone. I start making breakfast pastries followed by other sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies and pies. Once our doors open, the hustle and bustle is in full swing and the bakery smells amazing. When you walk in the door you can't help but smile at our marshmallow chandelier and I love seeing all the smiling faces that graciously come visit to support what we do. My day is filled with timers, questions, telephones and meeting guests who come from near and far to visit our little bake shop."

Gorgeous vintage chandelierDSC_1701Back in the Day Bakery"I love to repurpose vintage treasures to organize my tools. My kitchen has an industrial vibe so I take every opportunity to repurpose something old in a new way.  I love the juxtaposition of industrial and pretty things too. I rarely use things for what they are intended. For example, my beautiful hand painted tape dispenser holds my shiny tape measure spool, the old mattress spring acts as my inspiration board, pie plates hold outgoing mail, recipe box holds birthday cards, an old metal shop display is my bookshelf."

Pretty vintage touchesCheryl Day, owner of Back in the Day Bakery"People often ask me if I have always had a love for vintage items and the answer is YES! I like to describe my personal style as vintage bling. I love beautiful, glitzy, girly things. I love the history attached to something old from clothing to furniture. I always try to imagine the stories they might tell."

Fun vintage touches at Back in the Day BakeryBack in the Day Bakery in Savannah, GALovely bakery storefront

Thank you for stopping by to share your lovely space with us, Cheryl! You can find more about Back in the Day Bakery over on their site and be sure to check out their fun cookbook! xo.

  • This place looks so incredibly cool! I would love to go there! The website is so cute as well!!

  • Yay!! Back in the Day is just around the corner from my house. Their Saturday morning cinnamon rolls are the best!

  • My hometown! They have the best brownies in the entire world!

  • This is a really cool space! I love the marshmallow chandelier, and the mattress springs used as an inspiration board- that is brilliant;)

  • What a charming bakery! I love it, it’s perfect 🙂

  • This place is absolutely adorable. Perfect place for us vintage gals to go 🙂
    Yasmine xx

  • Crazy gorgeous photos. Makes me miss New York… reminds me of my neighborhood bakery in Chelsea. 🙂

  • Oh I LOVE THIS!! This will have to be A MUST when we are visiting next year!! Such a perfect shop for such a Perfect town! 🙂

  • Very timely post! my husband & I will be in Savannah next month & we’ll be sure to find this delicious looking shop! I think it’s close to our hotel on Bay Street which is even better. Thanks!

  • Oh my god. Forget the baked treats. Look at her flower crown and her smile 🙂 No don’t forget the baked treats. i’m sure they’re delish. xx

  • she has a really really good cookbook!!! her recipes are amazing. I really want to stop by her bakery one day!!

  • If I ever go to Georgia, I am SO going to visit them! What an amazing little space they have!

  • What a cute bakery! I wish we had bakeries like this here in Aus, but I’ve never come across any!

  • That is the prettiest, gorgeous-est bakery I’ve seen!!!
    Love the shelves of beautiful dishes and other goodies. Those and Cheryl’s book would be equally as tempting to me as the adorable cupcakes!

  • When you go , you have to try the grilled pimento sandwich and the bacon onion jam….it’s life changing! Thanks Cheryl, we had a wonderful visit there with our mutual friend Brandon Branch! We will be back.

  • I want to live there. All those cupcakes and everything looks so sweet and vintage. So much love.


  • Oh my Goodness!!!! I loved that place. I used to live in Savannah and one of my classmates introduce me to the bakery. I am so glad to see it again on your blog. They have a very cute shop and I love their lavender cookies. Awesome!!!

  • What a charming, sweet space. Great use of salvaged materials, and imaginative displays! Looks like a place you’d want to spend a few hours in. And I love you can just start to see her Cupcake tattoo under her sleeve ;-)-Marie Vlasic

  • I can’t believe I’ve never been there before! I live less than 2 hours from Savannah and I’ve been there a million times and somehow never come across it. Looks wonderful!

  • this was a joy to read. loved the photos.
    sarah gray

  • This is the cutest place I’ve ever seen! I need to get to Savannah more often.

  • This looks like a truly cool place and now my mouth is watering, mmm. xx

  • I wish I could transport this bakery to Albany,NY!!!The decor alone makes me want to come visit! I am all about atmosphere and this place seems so welcoming..

  • What a pretty place. I would love to try one of the cupcakes, or two. 😉

  • This is so adorable and the photographs are so beautiful. The place looks heavenly. The vintage style is perfect and I’m betting the cakes are delicious.

  • As someone who dreams about opening a bakery cafe, I loved this post!

  • What a cool shop! I’d want to work there, Only I’m a continent away!

  • Oh I just love the vibe and style! Makes me want to visit it so bad 😀

  • I visit Savannah often and this place looks so cute! I love a good bakery, I will definitely check them out next time I’m there.

  • Your pictures and the story never fail to amuse me all the time.

  • loving all the decorations!

    – Janine

  • I live in Savannah and I can tell you that it is always a special day when we visit this bakery. Cannot say enough about the treasures like this store that Savannah has to offer. Yummy and charming. Always take pictures every time we go inside. ALWAYS!!!!

  • This bakery is the absolute cutest, I love their style sooooooo much!

  • Ohhh hooray! Cheryl and Griff are some of our favorite people!! So great to see their wonderful bakery featured here! : )

    Xo jenny & Aaron

  • What a fun looking bakery!! I wish I lived close, but next time I’m in the neighborhood I can’t wait to check it out!

  • Lord this place looks like the coolest bakery in the entire world, thanks so much for sharing!! xo Erica

  • This place is a must go to if your ever in Savannah, Cheryl & Griff are just like old friends or long lost family,precious

    I first seen Cheryl on another blog and had to stop in on my second visit to Savannah Georgia

    love the old fashion cupcakes



  • This was one of my favorite places in all of Savannah when I lived there- I was lucky enough to be just a couple of blocks away. Cheryl is as sweet as she looks, as we’ll as her shop and her baked goods are out of this world! So glad to see her success grow over the years! Back in the Day is an absolute gem in Savannah!

  • I am in love, love with her cookbook! Thank you for sharing her space! I love everything about it!

  • NOw I’ve got to go to Georgia, my USA trip is getting more and more convoluted.

  • aw i really want to visit that bakery now! it seems like such a nice place with lovely owners and i bet the food tastes amazing tooo!

  • This was such a cute post 🙂

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  • I was in Savannah a few years ago but didn’t get to your bakery…sorry I missed it….I think your ideas on decorating and your shop is amazing… it…

  • This looks delicious! Looks like I have an excuse to hop on a plane! x

  • Such a beautiful bakery. Would love to visit!

    Best, x

  • Oh my goodness!! This place looks amazing and there bakery book is a fave of mine!

    Lulu xx

  • Love this! I lived in Savannah for 2 years & Back in the Day Bakery was my favorite spot. Their goodies are amazing and their bakery has a fantastic vibe! I’ve even bought the cookbook and everything that I’ve made is delicious. Cheers to Back in the Day!

  • the photos are so lovely!

  • This place is amazingly adorable! I can understand why people come from near and far to visit. I love the vintage touch to the space and the cupcakes look so yummy!

  • Oh my goodness, such a cute bakery!

    xo Jennifer

  • Oh my gosh I was just there last week! We took a long road trip to South Carolina/Georgia and stopped in on the way home. We ordered a few pastries and ate them at Forsyth Park by the fountain. 🙂 The bakery is so so pretty inside, love the decor.

  • This is one of my all time favorite places in SAV! Glad to see it front and center on ABM! My husband and I go at least once a week 🙂

  • How cute! I love bakeries and cafes. They are the best places for an introvert like me to hang out and read a book or do some journaling. They are also, as you’ve shown, lovely to photograph!

  • wow, such a great post!! i love that cheryl says her style is “vintage bling”….such a perfect way to describe it.


  • That place is gorgeous! love the decoration and besides the baked goods looks yummers!

    <3 Val

  • What an amazing space! Cheryl seems so nice and I’m definitely going to check out her book right now!

    xo Julia

  • Aww their cookbook has been on my amazon wishlist for a long time now! Soo cool that you guys made them a part of the series. <3


  • Oh, how wonderful! My husband and I go to Savannah all the time to shoot weddings! Back in the Day Bakery is one of our very favorite stops while we are there! 🙂

    It’s about time I see something about them here! That is to say, the style matches so perfectly with A Beautiful Mess! I hope you can all make a trip to Savannah together one day! Surely there is a business reason for exploring a lovely Southern city for research or just a company retreat or something ! 😉

    I blogged about a trip to Back in the Day a while ago on my blog:

  • Wow your bakery looks AMAZING! I love the repurposed items, I didn’t realise the memo board was mattress springs until you said! And the cupcake look delish xx

  • I am lucky enough to live in Savannah and believe me, Cheryl & Griff are the real deal — talented, kind, funny, generous people. The staff at the bakery is the same and it’s always a delight to visit them. And then there’s the food. OMG from cookies to cupcakes, sandwiches with house made pimento cheese and bacon jam to brownies, cakes, and the best banana pudding in the universe — Back in the Day is a magical place. Come on and visit!!

  • great place, great photos, great cupcakes! love it! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  • That bakery is adorable!

  • What the photos don’t show you is that all of the baked goods are ridiculously delicious, too! I work a couple doors down, and it’s almost impossible to resist cookie:30 (approx 3:30pm) every day. It’s a hardship working this close to such temptation.

  • Back in the Day is one of my all time favorite places to eat! Love it there!!

  • Next time I’m over there I’ll have to stop by! What a cute shop 🙂

  • What a lovely café. Everything looks perfect! To said I live to far away.. but still dreaming about it is an option;-)

    Love from Germany

  • Thanks for sharing this! A friend of mine is opening a bakery/coffee shop, this gave me so much inspiration and I am hoping it will do the same for her!

  • Cheryl your cafe must be amazing as I’ve even heard about it in the UK!

  • The marshmallow chandelier is gorgeous! I love the prettyl little details of this bakery…

  • This bakery is soo cute and unique! ! Those cupcakes look delightful as well. Great post.

  • I love Savannah! I am from just outside of Atlanta and any chance I get I want to go to Savannah. And a random note my middle name is Savannah =]


  • what a darling place! i am so on board with their ethos!

  • This is the most adorable place! The old paper wallpaper 🙂 Love her flower crown too 🙂

    Turquoise Flamingo

  • What a GORGEOUS space! I need to visit this bakery right now! I’m loving this.


  • Soooo cute! Everything was so adorable. I would love to go visit that bakery!

  • Oh my goodness you are so cute! I am sooo going to have to visit this bakery! So so perfect!

    Juliette Laura

  • God I am IN LOVE with that bakery. Sad it’s a 20 hour flight for me haha 🙁

  • This place is adorable! I’ve always had a dream of owning my own bakery and this post just inspired me so much! Thanks for sharing!

  • What a cute space! Those baked goods look divine!


  • Looks like such a cool place !

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  • This is amazingly beautiful!
    My best friend and me wanna have a cafe at some point in the future and feel super-inspired!
    I especially love the chandelier!

    Sweet greetings from Europe,


  • What a gorgeous place! I love the mix of vintage, industrial, and whimsical.


  • ACK!! I was there last year and never found this place!!! REGRET!!!!

  • What a lovely space – and the treats look so tasty too!!!

    I’d love to go back to Georgia, maybe some day soon 🙂

    Alex from

  • Yes!! I was so excited when I saw this post title 🙂 I just bought their cookbook a couple of weeks ago; I’d taken it out of the library and fell in love. Such a great space and delicious recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  • This bakery to too cute! I’ve been wanting to go to Savannah for some time now, and this place just ended up on the list of things I want to do there. 🙂

  • Be still my heart. I loved reading this post! Ever since I had to shutdown my part-time cake business I have longed for the day I would someday be able to start a brick and mortar bakery.

    I love what Cheryl and her husband have created in Georgia!


  • Such a beautiful bakery, I wish I lived here, because I would be visiting all the time :). It looks like heaven!

  • Wow, I’m loving everything about this little shop. How creative and fresh! Cheryl seems like such a lovely lady!

  • What a lovely interior. It so clearly shows the personality of someone who cares about what they are doing.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • omg such a magical place!!!! if i lived in savanah i would go there every week. so inspired by the beautiful food and decor. (crazy about the at work with series! as always :))

  • This is such a neat place! I will definitely be visiting the next time I’m in Georgia!

  • Oh wow, this little bakery is a slice of pure heaven. It’s so whimsical and pretty. I’m in love with the “Order Here” painting!

  • the bakery look AWESOME!!! I mean..seriously.. like the best cafe on earth! 🙂
    Well Done Cheryl!
    And well done you two! Great photos indeed! 🙂 Loving it!

  • Such a pretty space, I love it! The mattress spring on the wall is a great idea 🙂

  • People spend a lifetime trying to make their dreams come true. The look on Cheryl’s face is the reason why. I find this photo of her mesmerising; full of hope and happiness. A great piece about a truly unique business and what looks like a really lovely lady!


  • What a chic little bakery! Love your flower crown and pastel colour palette…and what a great idea with the marshmallows!

  • Your blog is amazing! I love it, the photos are really pretty and you have really cool ideas!

  • I can’t wait to visit this sweet place next time I’m in Savannah! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • This place looks wonderful1! And all those cupcakes look amazing! xxx

  • This place is so beautiful & inspiring! My ever-growing list of ideas just grew a little more! Xo. Megan

  • this just gave me another reason to visit savannah. i love this series a whole bunch.

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