Desserves will close its doors later this month after five years in business.

The downtown Aiken business announced this week that Oct. 12 is the last day the bakery will be open.

Owner Milisa Godson is disheartened to have to make such a tough decision to close the doors.

“Right now, the economy is just killing us,” Godson said. “I can’t maintain it any longer. It’s just unfortunate.”

Once news started to spread that the bakery was closing, patrons reached out and offered kinds words on the business’ Facebook page.

Godson said the customers will be missed the most. Godson said they had a wonderful following throughout the years, which was obvious through the comments made on both Desserves’ website and Facebook that complimented both its products and service.

“We certainly love them,” Godson said about her customers. “We’ll miss seeing them.”

Desserves treated baking like an art, with its imaginative custom cakes and other treats. The business sold freshly baked cakes, cupcakes, cheesecake, pies, brownies and other desserts. The bakery made these desserts for all occasions, as well as for those simply looking for a quick snack to satisfy their sweet tooth.

The business opened March of 2008 by Godson with her mother who passed away several months later. On Desserves’ website, Godson wrote that the bakery was a tribute to her mother, who instilled the joy of baking into her life and inspired her to share her culinary skills with others.

Desserves, located at 126 Laurens St. S.W., will be open through Oct. 12, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010.