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One local woman is taking her passion for baking from kitchen to storefront. Country Cakes and Bakes owner Beth Spangler will soon open a retail location after years of tempting Pickaway County sweets lovers with her home baked goods.
From elegant wedding cakes to Bob the Builder on a little boy’s birthday cake, Spangler is known in the community as someone who can do it all. While her specialty is custom designed cakes, she makes other baked goods by request including cookies, brownies and other temptations in small, made-from-scratch batches.
Spangler started her culinary journey at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh, a Le Cordon Bleu school. After graduating in 2007 she completed an externship in Wisconsin. She then returned to Ohio to work in a Columbus bakery and sell baked goods at farmer’s markets in Circleville and Chillicothe.
Spangler said she loves being responsible for her own income and being her own boss and she enjoys the flexibility that comes with owning her own business. The most difficult part, she said, “is doing 17 jobs at once.”
She continues to bake from her home while preparing to open a storefront retail location in New Holland. The new store will be at 409 W. Front Street and is expected to open at the end of March.
Planned retail hours will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as other times by appointment for customer pick-ups. Once settled in the new retail setting, Spangler plans to expand her offerings by producing cheesecakes, pastries and single serve items.