In 2013, Kyra Kern decided to take a chance by opening a location for her bakery Kountry Kakes & More LLC. Before this, she says she was using her own home kitchen to complete wedding cake orders for family, but quickly realized she needed a more efficient space to work in. “Most weddings require about 350 cupcakes and if you think about it, a standard oven can only make 24-48 of them at a time!” Still wanting the flexibility of working close to home, she converted a two-stall garage on her property just north of Wylie Park into her bake shop.
Like most new small business owners, she says she did have some worries about getting started. “My husband, Darwin, told me you’ll never know if you’re going to make it in anything if you don’t give it a try. So I decided to go for it, and I’m glad that I did. It’s been going very well and keeping me very busy. My customers have been amazing.”
Kyra’s main area of expertise is wedding cakes and so far this year she has booked 18 of them. Along with other specialty cakes for events like birthdays, anniversaries, and baptisms, she also creates delicious cupcakes, kuchens, and cookies for all types of occasions. “I have quite the selection of cookie cutters,” she jokes. // — Jenny Roth
To contact Kountry Kakes & More LLC, send them a private message on Facebook, or call Kyra at 605-380-7410.