The ground floor hallway at the Palace building smells like cinnamon.
Erin Whalen was icing cranberry muffins Monday and thinking about her upcoming Mother-Daughter Brunch and Cookie Exchange, planned for 11 a.m. Sunday.
"People can bring cookies to trade, and I will provide the brunch," she said, adding eggs, pancakes, sausage and more will be on the menu.
People can sign up on her Facebook page, The Sweet Tooth Fairy LLC, or call her at 636-432-3167.
People may know Whalen as a teacher. She also operates Shamrocks and Sunflowers, providing tutoring and homework help, parent resource nights, teacher resources, science camps and more.
"I provide academic support," she added. "I was a full-time teacher at St. Peter's (Catholic School) for four years, but decided to go out on my own."
She taught about 18 years overall, and continues as a substitute teacher, as well.
"I just love kids," Whalen said. "I have lots of nieces and nephews and a large family."
People might also know Whalen through her passion for the Super Sam Foundation, a local nonprofit that raises funding for pediatric cancer research and family support.
"I served on the board," she added.
Now she will be known for The Sweet Tooth Fairy, which opened last weekend at 500 Market St., Suite 103 in Fulton.
"I make everyday desserts, mostly by order, but I have a few things during the days when I'm here," she said.
While her mother was an influence, playing with recipes just comes naturally, Whalen added.
"A lot I learned by playing and experimenting," she said.
Pies are a specialty, and cup cakes and breads abound. Her full menu is also on the company's Facebook page, plus some items are seasonal.
"I have always loved to bake, creating recipes and putting on my own personal touch," Whalen said. "I love the community that comes with it, and bringing joy to other people."