Last September, Mary Thress and Carey Greiner opened Nothing Bundt Cakes, a Mason bakery franchise that exclusively features the ring-shaped treats. Greiner, a working mother of three, and Thress, an empty nester and former window company co-owner, make a pretty sweet team.
Why bundts? CG: This bakery started in Las Vegas, which is where I grew up. I’ve lived in Cincinnati for 16 years, and [when I heard they were franchising] I got really excited about bringing a piece of my hometown to my new hometown.
What are the best-selling flavors? MT: Our top four are chocolate-chocolate chip, white-chocolate raspberry, lemon, and red velvet.
Your favorites? CG: My favorite is lemon—and I do not like lemon. I don’t like lemon cookies, lemon meringue—but that’s what’s interesting to me about this cake. It makes me like things I usually don’t.
How do you balance each other? MT: My kids are grown. I’m not responsible for anyone right now, so my time is open. CG: [In addition to working with the bakery,] I work in a corporate environment, so I’m very structured. I like things to be neat and tidy. She’s more comfortable knowing you can’t control everything; you have to let things evolve and go with the flow. We value that in each other.
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