Olivia Gorzny remembers baking cookies and angel food cake as a child with her grandparents. These days, she’s still baking, but it’s for business and pleasure – her business and her customers’ pleasure.
Gorzny, 23, of Oregon, held a open house April 27 for her shop, O’s Bakery at 302 W. Washington St., where she features all kinds of treats made of “sugar, spice and everything iced.”
Gorzny’s plan is to eventually have set hours at the shop, but for now she’s doing only custom orders, and requires at least a week’s notice.
The business is an expansion of her line of cookies, O’s Cookies, which she has been marketing since 2015. During that time, she worked at a bakery in Coralville, Iowa, while attending the University of Iowa.
“My boss at the coffee shop I worked at, Kim, thought I should start selling cookies and see how it went,” Gorzny said. “It took off, and then I tried to keep up with orders on breaks home from college.”
The aroma of fresh, decorated sugar cookies and cakes make up most of the shop’s smells, but Gorzny also makes chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and peanut butter cookies.
If a slice of sweetness is more to your liking, round cakes, from 6 to 12 inches, are available in chocolate, vanilla, funfetti lemon, carrot, strawberry and cinnamon.
“I typically prefer to make round cakes to sheet cakes,” she said.
Gorzny also likes whipping up cake pops – lollipop-shaped cakes with filling on the inside and frosting on the outside.
“They are a unique treat, and easy to eat,” Gorzny said. “In my experience, kids also love anything they can eat on a stick, so they have been a popular item for me.”
How popular are her treats? The cake pops and cookies were gone just 2 hours into her open house.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It was a great day.”
Gorzny, a 2014 graduate of Oregon High School, began her professional sweets career at Conover Coffees and Chocolates at Conover Square after high school. She also managed the Coralville Chili’s restaurant for 2 years.
O’s also will have a booth at the Rockford City Market every Friday from May 17 to Sept. 23.