How small-town charm has helped two Somerset businesses withstand the test of time

SOMERSET, Ky. (LEX 18) — No matter what day you go, business is always booming at two of Somerset’s staple family-owned businesses.

Amon’s Sugar Shack and Baxter’s Coffee are two highly beloved spots that have been around for decades.

Amon’s opened in 1951, and the story behind the bakery is just as sweet as its treats.

“Dad bought the bakery for my mom for her birthday,” said owner Doug Stephens. “She said it was the gift that kept on giving.”

Amon’s Sugar Shack was originally operated by Amon and Rosemary Stephens. They grew the business for decades before handing over the reins to their son, Doug.

“It was just kind of a little hole in the wall,” Doug Stephens said. “To try to keep their legacy going on, I think it’s a privilege to try to do.”

Seventy years later, Stephens says people will still come from all corners of the world to try his family’s recipes.

“We’ve probably made close to a billion donuts over the…

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