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The Suburbanite
  • Sweet treats at the new Hartville bakery

  • It was a sweet day for Scott and Natasha Gotto. On May 25, the Gottos, with their family, friends and community on hand, officially opened BabyCakes Bake Shoppe, their new bakery on West Maple Street.

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  • It was a sweet day for Scott and Natasha Gotto. On May 25, the Gottos, with their family, friends and community on hand, officially opened BabyCakes Bake Shoppe, their new bakery on West Maple Street.
    After purchasing the former Aunt Cindi’s Donuts, the Gotto’s went to work converting the location from strictly a doughnut shop to more of a full bakery.
    They have been operating a storefront at the Hartville MarketPlace since February, selling BabyCakes cupcakes and looking to build momentum toward the official grand opening for BabyCakes Bake Shoppe. Along with a word-of-mouth advertising campaign, the couple sought to introduce their brand of sweets to the community and build a following.
    When they officially took over the building in April, the primary challenge was converting the operation to make it ready for the variety of products they planned to offer.
    “The big challenge has been us trying to make it into more of a bakery and not just a doughnut shop,” Scott Gotto said. “Right now we have five employees and we offer doughnuts, scones, mini-pies and a lot more.”
    The menu is diverse, with BabyCakes cupcakes as the centerpiece. There are also hand-crafted doughnuts, which are unique, Gotto said, because  they contain no preservatives. The recipe is the same one used by Aunt Cindi’s Donuts. The Gottos bought the recipe for the treats along with the building.
    “Because our doughnuts don’t have any preservatives, they won’t stay good for more than a day,” he said.
    BabyCakes Bake Shoppe is actually an outgrowth of the cupcake business Natasha Gotto began two years ago.
    “Two years ago to the day,” she called out from across the room when her husband mentioned the business.
    The inside of the store is a typical small bakery, with a display case full of more than 30 kinds of doughnuts, including traditional favorites alongside flavors like red velvet, and the other pastries. A flat-screen TV is mounted in the corner behind the coffee and cappuccino machines where patrons can get their desired jolt of caffeine to finish off their pastry run.
    Another popular choice on the menu so far is SweetiePies, which are miniature versions of traditional pie flavors like apple, blackberry and banana cream. Out in front are two picnic tables topped by green umbrellas.
    On hand for the grand opening were dozens of friends, family members and community leaders, including Hartville Mayor Richard Currie, Christa Kozy, president of the Lake Township chamber of commerce and chamber chairman Teresa Fedorchak. The couple’s four children, daughters Ava and Elise and sons Christian and Rocco, were present and – after enjoying some freshly made doughnuts before the opening – helped cut the ribbon and officially open the business.
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