The COVID-19 pandemic was a fork in the road for Amy Mucha. No, make a spatula out of it.
There she left her path as a full-time educator to focus on guiding them Daisy Pops Bakerywhich she started as a part-time job in 2018.
Still using the intelligence she used to teach math classes, Mucha now wants to move from her own kitchen in Kent to a shop to meet the increasing demand for her cake pops
Daisy Pops sold 113,000 cake pops in 2021, she said – compared to 13,000 in 2018.
It’s been a surprising trip, she said, considering she feared the outbreak of the pandemic would spell the end of her homemade treats business.
Hobby becomes business
A few years ago, after Mucha sent her eldest child’s teachers a batch of cake pops as a gift, others took notice. A parent of one of Mucha’s students at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls saw the product and asked if they could buy it.
“From then on, more people were interested, so I kept doing them — especially on holidays,” Mucha said. “And then a little later someone ordered custom cake pops for the first time.”
In 2018, Mucha worked with one of her students, Olivia Nitzsche, to “get the LLC,
Get a website, start our social media,” Mucha said. “And since then we’ve officially popped up.”
The store is named after Mucha’s daughter, who, according to Mucha, loves cake pops the most of all in her family.
“Most of our family is over cake pops at this point – like we could do without it [consuming] her,” said Mucha. “There’s just so many around us all the time, but Daisy is a cake pop fanatic. Every day she says, ‘Can I have a cake pop?’”
COVID-19 is becoming a game changer
As the pandemic sparked global struggles in 2020, Mucha feared she would have to pull the plug on her business venture.
“I was like, ‘It’s been a fun ride, but it’s us [looking to end this.]’ because everyone is concerned for their life; Nobody wants cake pops,” she said. Instead, staying at home opened up a whole new possibility.
“We started making ‘make your own cake pop kits’ pretty soon,” Mucha said. “They were individually wrapped, which made them very popular during the pandemic.”
The sales growth surprised Mucha – and presented her with a life decision.
She found she was happier working at the bakery than teaching in the new classroom environment created due to COVID-19. Instead of the business being a side job that would quietly disappear like so many others at the time, it was to become her main career focus.
Daisy Pops has since worked with a variety of local companies, including Fat T’s Cookies, with Mucha taking direct inspiration from the Akron-based company’s Cereal Killer Cookie to create the Fruity Pebbles Cake Pop.
Travis Howe, owner of Fat T, said his experience working with Mucha was “just amazing. Amy and I have known each other since 2018, I believe. “Everything has been super positive.”
We look forward to more opportunities
Mucha said she also adjusted the store to be more effective during the pandemic. Daisy Pops streamlined the sales process on their website and focused on
Deliveries and other choices that facilitated consumer access
Products across COVID.
She said her favorite parts of running the business are the people she comes in contact with
interact with her on a daily basis – from the team she works with to employees of local companies and the customers themselves. She appreciates them all.
Now she’s scouting for opportunities to open a shop in central Kent, with a goal of opening this autumn.
“The opportunity has come, so we’re going to be shifting from a home bakery to a shop front in downtown Kent and later this year to a commercial bakery,” Mucha said. “That will be our next step.”
Order online at daisypops.com or call 330-931-1347
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