"Smyrna Bakery" was opened in the late 1940's by Howard McEntyre Sr. in downtown Smyrna on Atlanta Road.  The business was certainly a family affair as sons Howard Jr., Louis, and Wilson all worked in the bakery as well as Howard Sr.'s wife, Granny.  After "Smyrna Bakery" closed in early 1954, Howard McEntyre Jr. opened the current "McEntyre's Bakery" in late 1959 which was also located on Atlanta Road in Smyrna just a few miles from the original store.  "McEntyre's Bakery" moved to the Jonquil

Howard McEntyre, Sr. (left) prepares cakes with son Howard Jr. (right) around 1959

Plaza Shopping Center in Smyrna in 1961 and remained there until 2007 when the bakery was relocated to the current location on Concord Rd.

Howard McEntyre Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, operated the bakery with their son Steve until 1988 when Howard Jr. retired.   Ownership was then passed to Steve and former McEntyre's Bakery employee, Charles Barnett.  In 2003, the fourth generation of family ownership began as sons Ryan and Brandon joined their father Steve upon Mr. Barnett's retirement.

Even over 50 years after Howard McEntyre Sr. founded his original bakery, McEntyre's Bakery is still a family affair.  Steve McEntyre is in charge of baking, his sons and co-owners, Ryan and Brandon, help with baking and customer relations, and Ryan's wife Joy is the retail manager.  Even Steve's wife, Diana, and Brandon's wife, Shannon, make an occasional appearance to help out during the busiest seasons.

Carolyn McEntyre (far right) with sales clerks and a 4 tier wedding cake around 1959

Much of McEntyre's Bakery's success is due to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy of the McEntyre family.  Many of the original mixing machines, cake pans, and other equipment bought by Howard McEntyre Jr. in the late 1950's are still in use today.  The key to making a great cake or a perfect pie is not found in fancy, technologically advanced equipment, but is achieved by using the highest quality ingredients available and by putting the care into making a product as if it were for your own family.  Our customers are our family, they have been faithful to McEntyre's Bakery for decades and they deserve the very best we can offer them. 

 

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