Check out our interview with Mary Beth King of Sweet Peace Bakery, one of the food vendors appearing at Second Sunday on Main in June!
Mary Beth King is the owner of Sweet Peace Bakery, an entirely vegan bakery based in Cincinnati. Their mission, according to their website, is “making a difference one baked good at-a-time; for the planet, the animals and you.” Desserts like “Brownie Blast Brownies,” “Oatmeal Dream Pies,” Blueberry Lemon muffins, Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies, and “Betterfinger Bars” are made with ingredients and processes that both lessen their carbon footprint while also avoiding animal by-products.
When did you start your company and where is it based?
Mary Beth King: Sweet Peace originated in the fall of 2009. Sweet Peace Bakery made its debut at Park + Vine that fall doing several bake sales. Then Park + Vine was the first store to carry our product. Sweet Peace Bakery is Cottage Industry baking out of my home and wholesaling and doing private orders.
What inspires you?
Mary Beth: My customers. I work a full time job and bake in the evenings. Sometimes it gets tiring. Then someone will tell me that they have a child with sever nut/milk/egg allergies and don’t know if he or she will ever have a birthday cake. When I get to make a birthday cake for that child I become overwhelmingly happy.
What is your favorite part about Second Sunday?
Mary Beth: This is my third year and I love seeing the familiar faces and seeing new ones! It feels like community at Second Sundays!
Fill in the blank: The best part about my city/neighborhood is
Mary Beth: ….love and support of the community.
What are your favorite local spots to shop, eat, or visit?
Mary Beth: I spend the majority of my time in OTR, Clifton and Northside. Places I love the most??? Park + Vine, Coffee Emporium, Know Theatre. I love to shop at the Mustard Seed in Clifton and Tantrum in Northside. And if I want the best vegan pizza I go to Don’s Pizza Lounge.
What do you want people to take away from Sweet Peace Bakery?
Mary Beth: I want people to know that vegan food can taste great. We have all had food we’ve disliked, vegan or non vegan. My personal mission is to show people that they can eat amazing food minus the animal products.
What advice would you offer to aspiring indie business owners?
Mary Beth: Slow and steady wins the race! Don’t bite off more than you can chew and be willing to ask others!
You can find Sweet Peace Bakery at Second Sunday on Main on June 10th, or visit one of these local establishments – Coffee Emporium (Over-the-Rhine, Hyde Park, Xavier), Sitwells, Park + Vine, Clifton Natural Foods, Sidewinder, Know Theatre, Red Tree Gallery, and Aquarius Star and Om Cafe.