Sweet Potato Sensations is a story of love. What started out as a compromise for two newlyweds over the Thanksgiving table became an iconic Detroit bakery.

Our History

1976
November 25

Sweet Potato Sensations: A Love Story

The Sweet Potato Sensations story starts begins with the marriage of Jeffery and Cassandra Thomas in 1976. At their first Thanksgiving together Jeffery pleaded to have sweet potatoes on the menu, just like his mom used to make. Cassandra, who did not..Read More
1987
July 6

Rosedale Park 30 Block Yard Sale

Cassandra and Jeffery wanted to see if it were possible to start a cookie business with this great cookie recipe. Famous Amos, Mrs. Fields, and the Great American Cookie Company were in all the malls across the country. In the summer of..Read More
December 1

Sweet Potato Sensations was Born

Jeffery woke up in the middle of the night thinking, “Sweet Potato Sensations… best pies in the nation.” The name was born! In December of 1987, Sweet Potato Sensations became incorporated. The Thomases began selling their cookies at the Rocky Peanut Company...Read More
1993
July 6

The Storefront Opens

The first Sweet Potato Sensations storefront opened right next to the Redford theater. The quaint 750 sq ft space only fit one oven with a capacity to make 30 pies at a time. Lines would form around the block to grab a..Read More
2014
July 6

The Savory Menu Begins

The savory menu begins… but not without some compromise. Jeffery Thomas wanted to expand the menu past deserts but Cassandra was a little hesitant. Jeffery scoured the internet tweaking and testing new recipes for sweet potato waffles and pancakes. The outcome was..Read More
2015
March 4

Look Mom We’re Famous

Sweet Potato Sensations is featured in an episode of the Chew!
July 24

Hillary Stops in for a Visit

Hillary Clinton stops in for a visit while campaigning in Detroit. She stayed for almost an hour and ordered our Black Eye Pea & Collard Green Soup with our Sweet Potato Cornbread, Sweet Potato Cobbler with Sweet Potato Ice Cream.
September 2

Sweet Potato Sensations Moves

Sweet Potato Sensations crossed the street into their newly renovated space on Lahser Ave. This move allowed them to house more ovens, increase production, and create a dining space for the community to enjoy.
2017
December 1

Celebrating 30 Years in Business!

Jeffery and Cassandra started this journey with the goal to revolutionize the sweet potato and continue the legacy of George Washington Carver. In 2017 they celebrated their 30th Anniversary of being in business. Not only have they revolutionized the sweet potato they..Read More

 

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