Always Fresh, Always from Scratch
We're back! With an updated and expanded kitchen, equipment and menu upgrades, plus some fresh new faces as well as your favorite familiar ones, we're so excited to welcome you back into our little shop once again. Please note that we no longer have a dining room, and items are for carryout only.
Akron is our home, and downtown is the heart of it! We love being downtown Akron's premier micro-bakery, because we know if it's downtown it needs to be the best. Since opening in 2015, we start our mornings early to bake you the freshest bagels, croissants, cookies, pastries, quiche, cakes, and more. Walk through downtown in the early morning and you just might catch the smell of cinnamon rolls baking, wafting down Wheeler Lane onto Mill Street.
As a part of downtown Akron's small business community, we encourage you to patronize all of downtown's small businesses, especially as we all attempt to create a new normal in the midst of on ongoing pandemic. We need your support now, more than ever! Please take advantage of on street parking in front of the bakery on Mill Street (free on weekends!), the free parking lot in the rear of the building (accessible from High Street), or one of the many adjacent public parking decks. And if you're unsure, call ahead! We're happy to answer any questions you might have before you arrive, to ensure you have a thoroughly delicious experience.
High-quality, fresh ingredients are the foundation of each product we make. As a micro-bakery, every item is crafted in small batches using time-honored techniques to ensure the highest quality baked goods every time. No mixes or pre-made junk here! We're lucky to have access to a wide variety of quality local businesses, and you'll find ingredients from the Akron Honey Company, Not Yo' Daddy's Hot Sauce, Brunty Farms, Akron Coffee Roasters, Norka Beverage and more among those we use in our products and carry in our shop. We put thought into every item we use, so you don't have to.
A quality pastry calls for an expertly crafted coffee, so we took advantage of our closure during the pandemic to install a new Espresso Machine! You can now stop in Thursdays - Sundays for a variety of traditional espresso drinks, or a fresh cup of our filter-brewed coffee. And very very soon we'll be offering handcrafted tea blends from our friends at 2 Daughters Tea Company! So fancy. :-)
Owned and operated by Mary Hospodarsky, a West Akron native and St. V-M Alum, Sweet Mary's Bakery isn't your typical bakery. We make it a priority to champion the success of all female and minority entrepreneurs in our community, in the desire for a local marketplace that better reflects the faces and unique needs of our consumers.
When Mary took the leap to start this business, she knew it wasn't something she could do all by herself. Big goals require a strong team, and she had the best one already assembled: family.
With her husband Justin's penchant for planning and networking, combined with her own background in baking as well as accounting, she then drew on the vast baking experience of her mother, Patty, and her sister, Hilary. With their powers combined, they are (the team behind) Sweet Mary's Bakery!
Because we are passionate about what we do, we put our hearts into our food and into this business. Sometimes that means our hearts interfere with traditionally accepted business practices and we feel the need to stand up for our values and make a statement regarding current events.
At our core, we're just people who love to bake. People who live and breathe the same air as everyone else. And we believe that food made and shared with love can truly make this world a better place. So to that end we will always fight for what we believe in, and we might even put it on a cookie.