Photo Essay Featuring: Sandra’s Bakery

Photography by Diana Matthews

In the heart of Sanford is the kind of place you could easily miss – which would be a mistake. With a vintage pink-and-white awning and a sign glowing OPEN, Sandra’s Bakery is Sanford’s go-to hot spot for donuts. Nestled near the corner of Wicker and Horner, you’ll be greeted by the scent of made-from-scratch, freshly-baked donuts and other goodies and, if you’re lucky, a smile from Sandra herself. A school teacher, Sandra works at the bakery on her days off, making her role in the community all the sweeter. With lines often extending through the front door and down the street (the place was hopping at 2:00 on a Tuesday afternoon), Sandra’s knows how to deliver delicious donuts. Whether you’ve been shopping on Steele Street or you’re looking for a Saturday morning treat, Sandra’s Bakery is sure to have a fitting sugary delight. You can sink your teeth into donuts ranging from Dutch crumb, caramel, cream cheese, coconut, maple and more. 

Some of Sandra’s specialties include Elephant Ears, Long Johns and Creme Brulee Bread Pudding. 

If donuts aren’t on your to-eat list for the day, or if you’re swinging by for a second-round afternoon treat, Sandra has you covered with cupcakes, muffins, lemon bars, croissants and other pastries paired perfectly with a hot cappuccino or, for the purists, a basic black coffee. 

Sandra’s Bakery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., so you’re on your own Sunday and Monday, which means the donuts will taste that much sweeter come Tuesday morning.