Heroes are characters we learn about as kids. We respect them, admire them, and oftentimes strive to be like them. Marietta, Ohio has a lot of heroes in her local businesses. These localities are the backbone of our city and they are one of the many elements that make Marietta so charming. Last summer, Marietta added another hero to her roster with HeroCakes Bakery. Offering such treats as cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, HeroCakes is definitely another MOV locale you’ll want to add to your “must have” list.
Laura Wolfe, owner and baker of HeroCakes, kind of came into this entrepreneurial pursuit by accident. Laura worked for Ohio University but once her first child entered the picture, she decided she wanted to stay home with her son. After some months had passed, Laura desired a creative outlet. Although she wasn’t quite sure what this outlet would entail, she initially thought some type of crafting venture would satisfy her creativity. To her surprise her artistry would not be in the form of crafting, but in that of baking.
Enter Jay Walker, a friend of Laura’s and also the owner of the comic book shop, Comic Sense, in Belpre, Ohio. Upon discussion, Laura baked some cupcakes and brought them to Jay’s shop one day for customers to sample. Needless to say the cupcakes were a hit and Laura had found her creative niche. Thus, HeroCakes was born.
Laura explains from the onset of her business endeavor she wanted to be different. Although you may not guess it from how extraordinary her sweet treats are, Laura is a self-taught baker. She loves kids and since her bakery started at Comic Sense, she thought it seemed fitting to name her business HeroCakes. Laura and Jay both have a love of family and the younger generation. Jay is reaching out to kids and teenagers through his store and Laura is doing the same with her super cool, superhero themed goodies.
Loving your profession is great, but having a love for family, kids, and community takes it to a whole other level. Laura is passionate about baking, but she’s also passionate about the well-being of those around her. She loves this area and the people in it. And to me, that makes her a true hero.