Baking a difference since 1987



Sugar Plum Bakery was founded and incorporated as a nonprofit 501c3 organization by Carl and Deborah Marshall and Reverend John Jordan.


We opened our doors for business! Financial support from the city of Virginia Beach, many private foundations, businesses, organizations, banks, and individuals, along with in-kind gifts and lots of manual labor from out community made this sweet dream a reality that continues to thrive still today. Four individuals with disabilities began working at the bakery.


Vended by DARS Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services. Began offering employment services for individuals qualifying for DARS services.


Partnered with the Virginia Beach community services board to provide job skills training for individuals who receive Medicaid Waiver services.


Capital campaign and new building design lead to groundbreaking ceremony and new construction. Named Best of the Beach for 9 years and running.


First Annual Golf Tournament at Bayville Golf and Country Club was held in the spring. After Mother’s Day, we closed our doors in complete the new and improved bakery. In August the new bakery opened. Sugar Plum Bakery became CARF accredited. CARF mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served.


Partnered with the Virginia Beach school system to create a Transition Program- Sugar Plum Bakery became a work experience site for high school seniors exiting from the school system. Over 35 students participated in the program.


We began to offer a job skills training program for individuals receiving waiver services. Individuals learned how to complete many jobs at the bakery such as scooping cookies, depanning, cakes, greasing cake pans, folding boxes and making cupcakes.


Began our own transportation service providing our prevocational program with safe and reliable rides to and from the bakery.


Constructed a new atrium with double automatic doors allowing for all to enter the bakery independently. This was made possible through a generous donation from Amerigroup Foundation and the Beasley Foundation. Dedicated conference room in the memory of Reverend John Jordan.


Sugar Plum Bakery awarded Restaurant of the Year Southside by Retail Alliance.


Sugar Plum Bakery celebrates 30 years in the current bakery facility.


Purchased 1361 Laskin Road location. Sugar Plum Bakery awarded SHIFT award from SHRM for providing innovation in creating new opportunities for the existing and potential workforce.