PHOTOS & ARTICLE BY: Kali McCrackin Goodenough
Kodi Davis, owner of Sweets Cakes and Pastry, fell in love with baking early in life.
“I started baking in 4-H,” she says. “And, all of my grandmas were excellent cooks and bakers. It just kind of rubbed off, I suppose.”
Kodi, who took over Sweets three years ago, explored several areas of study, but none of them were her calling until she went to pastry school. Her passion for baking shines through in her beautiful and delicious gourmet treats.
While Kodi’s talents span from moist cupcakes to colorful sugar cookies to flaky pastries and beyond, her personal favorite is cheesecake.
“Cheesecake is my thing,” she says. “I like to eat it. I like to make it. I like everything about it.”
In addition to her love of baking, customer reactions fuel Kodi’s passion and creativity. “That’s my favorite part,” she says. “When we make a super special birthday or wedding cake or anything like that, I just love the ‘wow’ part.”
And Kodi gets that ‘wow’ from many of the customers at the Thursday Local Market (TLM) too, especially the kids. Cupcakes with colorful frosting and flowers, sugar cookies cut and decorated to look like flowers, fruit pies, and golden croissants all catch the attention of shoppers walking past and draw them into the booth.
Sweets first started at TLM three years ago and have since become a favorite vendor for many of the market’s regulars. The decorated sugar cookies, cupcakes, and ginger molasses cookies are all customer favorites, Kodi says.
“You have to be super speedy to get the ginger molasses cookies,” she adds.
For Kodi, selling at TLM is a fun way to get out into the community. “We have people walk by all the time and we get to meet new people,” she says.
Meeting new people is part of the joy for Kodi, rain or shine. This week, stop by Sweets for a chat with Kodi and her parents-in-law, Phyllis and Tom, while pursuing the beautiful baked goods. The hardest part will be deciding on which tasty treat to take home!