Stephanie Parsons’ dream come true when her bakery opens on Ridgley Street in Orbisonia Borough next week.
The Rolling Pin Bakery by Stephanie will open Tuesday, July 14, with a grand opening celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“It’s been a dream of mine to have my own bakery,” said Parsons.
While the bakery is new, customers are familiar with Parsons’ name.
“In 2013, I had my third child. I was a stay-at-home mom and I started baking and selling to family members,” recalled Parsons. “I thought, ‘hey, maybe I could do something here.’”
That “something” quickly turned into a business, as Parsons, now a mother of four children, acquired her home baking license from the state and started selling to stores.
“The past year and a half, I’ve grown pretty rapidly,” she said. “Selling to stores helped me get my name out there.”
Before she knew it, Parsons had outgrown her baking space in her Shade Gap home.
“We were just waiting for the right place,” she said.
That right place is the former Harvest Moon at 560 Ridgley St.
“We were looking at a property in Shade Gap and that fell through. I was disappointed, but it was a blessing in disguise,” she said.
Parsons and her husband, Ron, have been working on the Orbisonia property for months.
“Sometimes he’s in the bakery more than I am,” said Parsons.
While the transformation has been exciting, her dream felt real when her bakery sign, designed by local artist Rebecca Reck, was installed.
“When we got the sign up, that was very exciting,” she said.
As her grand opening approaches, Parsons said she will be excited to have more space in her home.
“My business has taken over everything,” she said. “It will be nice to have space back in my home.”
Above all, though, she’s most excited to see her hard work pay off.
“I can’t wait to meet my customers and show them the before and after photos of the bakery,” she said.
Parsons said the business is also a family affair.
“I have to give a shoutout to husband for his help. He’s always been very supportive. He helps with deliveries and at holidays,” she said.
Her children also enjoy devouring extras and helping with labeling and deliveries. While they’re excited for their mom, they’re also looking forward to something else.
“They’ve never had a babysitter, so they’re excited for a babysitter,” she laughed.
Parsons is also thankful to others who’ve helped her reach her goals.
“I’m thankful for my customers for their support. They led me to this point over the years,” she said. “And I have to give credit to God. Without Him, none of this is possible.”
The Rolling Pin will offer a variety of items and will be open to customers from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.
“I do all the baking — cakes, pastries, bread, cookies, etc. — and all of my products are 100% homemade. I don’t take any shortcuts. That’s very important to me,” she said.
Customers can continue to find Parsons’ products in local stores, too, including Thee Store in Shade Gap, Three Springs Mini Mart, Orbisonia True Value and the 522 Pitstop in Fort Littleton.
“Whoopie pies are really popular at the stores,” she said.
Parsons also bakes wedding cakes.
During Tuesday’s grand opening celebration, customers will receive a small coffee with purchase.
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