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Cakery Promises to Be a Sweet Addition to Downtown Bellefonte

by on December 04, 2018 5:00 AM

Downtown Bellefonte welcomes a new business early next year when The Cakery takes over the current Bone Bar and Boutique location at 135 W. High St. However, this is hardly owner Melissa Stitzer’s first go at the bakery and cake decorating business.

“It started with a decorating class at Michael’s Arts & Crafts. I took a Wilton buttercream class and I realized I was pretty good at it and had some fun with it. I took a few more classes and then just started making cakes for fun at home…” says Stitzer.

After some time making cakes to the rave reviews of friends and family, she met up with one of her husband’s co-workers, who was a home baker in a similar situation.

“We just naturally hooked up and thought, maybe together we could form a business. She has the baking skills and I have the decorating skills. We hit it off right away and started our business called M&C Cakery,” says Stitzer.

The two women worked together, providing custom cake creations, for about five years, before they finally parted ways. Stitzer’s business partner headed off to grad school, leaving her with a decision.

“I had to decide whether or not it was something I wanted to continue with or if I wanted to let it go and keep working my full-time job,” she says.

The choice was somewhat made on its own, though, as Stitzer describes the snowball effect that began to occur.

“The kitchen I was renting went out of business. My husband and I started looking for alternative kitchens I could use and we found a house that had a lower-level kitchen, so I could keep it separate from the rest of the house…We bought the house and I switched the business over to myself. It’s now called The Cakery.”

While Stitzer has been running The Cakery from her licensed kitchen at home for several months, she plans to open the downtown Bellefonte storefront March 2. She modestly calls the move to a retail space “a tiny step up,” saying she’ll still work out of her kitchen and then transport the goods to the shop. Her goal is to eventually expand the business to include an on-site bakery.

It’s something she says downtown Bellefonte doesn’t currently offer. The Cakery will provide a mix of pastries, cupcakes, cookies and more for walk-in customers while still accepting custom orders, which are one of her favorite parts of the job.

“The custom orders I get are never the same,” she says, noting that one of her most memorable projects to date was a four-foot Great Gatsby-themed birthday cake. “A lot of them push me to either be even more creative than I thought I could be or they’re challenging. I’m constantly learning new skill sets and new fun techniques and designs…”

“I’m really excited to join the downtown Bellefonte community,” she adds. “Everyone I’ve talked to has been so warm and welcoming. They’re really picking up and revitalizing the downtown area and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Holly Riddle is a freelance food, lifestyle and entertainment writer. She can be reached at [email protected]
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