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The Baker's Rack

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The Baker's Rack

Kate Bresnan Messa

Based in Columbus, The Baker’s Rack creates incredible small batch cupcakes, cookies and brownies. We interviewed owner Carol Ross to learn more about her delicious local business. Meet The Baker’s Rack at our Spring Maker Mart on April 7 in Cleveland!

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Tell us about your business.
My names Carol Ross and I’m The Baker’s Rack. Originally from Bridgeport, CT we’ve been out here for about 5 years now, living in and around German Village in Columbus.

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What drew you to your craft?  
I’m a stay at home mom with a 7 year old girl. I’d been out of work for a while and she was in school all day so I needed to find something to do. I’ve always baked, my dad was a restaurant baker when I was a kid and I was his sous, so I went back to what I knew.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?  
Last Christmas my daughters school wanted to put together a cookie box to raise money for their preschool program. The idea was to make traditional German cookies and I had no ideas so I googled, tried, failed, tried again. Eventually I lucked into the most tender vanilla shortbread cookie and I make it for every holiday now.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?  
I never had a clear path as a child, I still don’t, but I’m pretty happy doing what I’m doing now and I plan on sticking with it as long as I can.

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What is your creative process?  
I have a lot of go to things that I make. Sometimes I tweak the recipes to the season. Playing with flavors is always fun, especially in cupcakes and donuts. I take inspiration from other things I’ve eaten and cocktails I’ve enjoyed.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?  
I’m not sure I’d give any advice to 29 year old Carol. She wouldn’t have listened anyway! I’d tell 34 year old me that I could have a career and take time for me and be busy while still being a good, dutiful mom. And not to worry so much.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?  
I come from the east coast where people aren’t always as... supportive... as they could be. Coming out here and meeting other bakers, makers, crafters, bloggers, prodducers, who all root for each other? It’s amazing. It’s like having a family out here.

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Why do you love doing what you do?  
I love how happy my food makes people. I love that I can do it out of my house and around my schedule. I love meeting and making new friends and traveling all around the state.  

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What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?  
I say go for it! There’s not a lot to lose and plenty to gain. Even if it doesn’t work out it’s an experience. It’s the beat thing I ever did for myself.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
I adore Ohio. Maybe because I’m not from here, I can appreciate the pace and people more, but I’m super happy that we landed here and I hope to stay for a long long time.