Cake Tyme opens on Broad Street

A new business in Hillsdale is the result of a teacher’s artistic outlet with all things having to do with baking.
As a young girl growing up on the farm, Marcia Cole learned to cook for family and farmhands and now she calls her love to bake a hobby she pursues when she isn’t teaching.
Cole, 51, grew up in Hillsdale and taught at Mauk Elementary…

A new business in Hillsdale is the result of a teacher’s artistic outlet with all things having to do with baking.
As a young girl growing up on the farm, Marcia Cole learned to cook for family and farmhands and now she calls her love to bake a hobby she pursues when she isn’t teaching.
Cole, 51, grew up in Hillsdale and taught at Mauk Elementary School before moving to Lenawee County with her husband. She teaches English at Siena Heights University and has pursued her passion during summers when working at various bakeries.
In 2004, she earned a culinary degree at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. She completed an internship at Common Grill in Chelsea under Chef Craig Common.   
“I came from two grandmothers who were good in the kitchen,” Cole said. “I’ve taught art, too, so I’m the one in the family they call ‘the creative one.’”
Though her business plan and vision are in the beginning stages, Cole is setting up shop at 61 Broad Street in a storefront she has purchased with a plan to stay debt-free. A “for lease” sign appears in the window of the joining storefront she also owns, as she is looking for a complimenting business, such as a photographer, to join her in her plan.
She has primarily worked out of her home, but now has a consultation room in Hillsdale where she holds tasting sessions and helps wedding couples plan their perfect cake. Her custom work includes cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other desserts for additional occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays.
With hopes of soon having cake dummies decorating the storefront’s window area, Cole said people will then realize what her business entails. The complimenting business may take the smaller storefront, so she can eventually carry through her plan for a kitchen and small eatery. A basement area could also serve as a party room to rent out.
“My hope is to have culinary classes here and I’d love to have a dessert shop,” Cole said.
She’s looking forward to selling her goods during the upcoming Farmers Markets starting again on Saturdays, so that people can become familiar with her offerings.
With the idea that it may take a few years to complete her plan, Cole wants to see how she fits into the area and if this is something the community will need and support.
“This is a great location between two thriving businesses,” Cole said. “My heart is in Hillsdale — I love that this is a college area and that I grew up here and taught here.”
By combining her teaching experience with her passion to create baked goods, Cole looks forward to sharing her knowledge through classes.
“I grew up making things from scratch,” she said. “A ‘big hands, little hands class’ can teach the basics. Then, I can move through with custom work and an eatery, with time. If I can tap into the global world, that would be great, too.”

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