Business booming at local bakery, owner encourages community to continue supporting each other
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wind City Sweets and Treats Owner, Lisa Dodds, grew up baking and cooking with her mom.
“The older I got and into adulthood, my friends and my family were always asking, will you make that one thing that you made?” said Dodds.
Dodds used to run a daycare and after she was done, she realized she had a lot of free time.
“I decided, why don’t I just try to make a business of it? I love doing it, it doesn’t feel like work,” said Dodds.
After operating out of her home for a few years, Dodds realized she needed more space. Wind City Sweets and Treats has now been located inside the kitchen at Gruner Brothers Brewing for over a year. Everything the bakery offers is made to order and as the pandemic made its way into the Casper community, Dodds was worried.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I’d worked so hard for so long to get where I am and I’m thinking, this is just gonna devastate me. It ended up being a blessing in disguise for me. I was really worried about not having business but it forced people to call, and to try things because everything was kind of, you have to call in or order online, and either gets delivered or picked up, and so I’ve gotten a lot of exposure, which has been great,” said Dodds.
A challenge Dodds also faced was getting some of her key ingredients for baking.
“Flour, sugar, yeast, kind of those basic ingredients to make dough’s and different things. People I think were thinking, fend for yourselves and make your own bread, and stuff like that,” said Dodds.
Though business has been booming, Dodds said she feels for the local businesses that aren’t doing so well. As the community continues to navigate through the pandemic, she said it’s important for us to stay together.
“Helping each other out and supporting each other, supporting local businesses above all is what’s super important. Things are really tough right now and I think it’s important that we do that for one another,” said Dodds.
Dodds hopes the next step for her bakery is opening at a location where people can come in and purchase her products instead of it being made to order.
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