Rita Hughes is the owner of The Sweete Shoppe Bakery and Deli, a favorite Mount Vernon eatery for the past 14 years. Hughes is also known as "The Mother of Chocolate Pies". The title was given to her by a magazine reporter several years ago and the quality of her pies has made the title stick.
Many of the recipes at The Sweete Shoppe go back generations in the Hughes family. Rita says her greatest compliment is when someone says her food "tastes like food their Grandmother used to make." The Sweete Shoppe is located at 604 North I-30 Service Road in Mount Vernon.